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I have anal fissure gastroenterologist said it will take 12 weeks to heal I have a colonoscopy next week friday can this usually be fixed during it?

I have anal fissure gastroenterologist said it will take 12 weeks to heal I have a colonoscopy next week friday can this usually be fixed during it?

Anal fissure: They cannot be fixed by a colonoscopy. What they are likely looking for is to rule out inflammatory bowel disease as a cause of your fissure. They are generally treated conservatively with stool softeners, laxatives and fiber, if not healing then there are medications and creams that can be used to relax the anal sphincter to promote healing. Last resort is surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Debora McClary
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Anal And Rectal Diseases (Definition)

Anal and rectal diseases are conditions that effect the bottom end of the digest tract, including the anus. These conditions may include hemorrhoids, cancer, warts, ...Read more


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I have hemorrhoids anal fissures gastroenterologist gave me ointment symptoms keep returning do i get surgery? i have soft stool have appt wednesday

I have hemorrhoids anal fissures  gastroenterologist gave me ointment symptoms keep returning do i get surgery? i have soft stool have appt wednesday

Wait for appointment: Conservative treatment is usually preferred for these issues as there is no guarantee that surgery will make everything rosy. I'd wait to see what your GI doctor says on Weds. ...Read more

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I have burning and itching in my rectal area but it is not hemroids. I have scleroderma and was told the disease has changed the skin in my anus?

I have burning and itching in my rectal area but it is not hemroids. I have scleroderma and was told the disease has changed the skin in  my anus?

Anal Itching: Causes of anal itching include: dry skin, too much moisture, fecal incontinence, excessive washing, overuse of laxatives, chemical irritants, skin disorders, yeast infections, hemorrhoids, anal abrasions, fissures and fistulas, food irritants, medications, infections, anal tumors, other causes. ...Read more

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How does a gastroenterologist treat Crohn's disease?

How does a gastroenterologist treat Crohn's disease?

Crohns: can be treated with mesalamine or Asacol or sulfasalazine, acute or severe cases can be treated with steroids or steroid sparing drugs like azathoprine or cyclosporine or biologic agents ...Read more

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Is gastroenterologist a curable disease?

Is gastroenterologist a curable disease?

Gastroenteritis is: Emminently curable. A gastroenterologist is a physician who treats patients with bowel conditions, and they can only be "cured" by retirement. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease and i'm nervous about asking my gastroenterologist for a medical marijuana recommendation. How should I go about asking? (wa)

I have Crohn's disease and i'm nervous about asking my gastroenterologist for a medical marijuana recommendation. How should I go about asking? (wa)

Not everyone: Not everyone is pro marijuana. The best way to approach it is to just come right out and ask. Be honest and straight forward. Keep an open line of communication with your physician. Just like with any relationship, communication is the key to a successful doctor patient relationship. ...Read more

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What screening test(s) does a gastroenterologist us to determine the diagnosis for colitis and Crohn's disease?

What screening test(s) does a gastroenterologist us to determine the diagnosis for colitis and Crohn's disease?

The first step: is a complete history, physical examination and basic lab tests (Blood Count, Chemistries) There is no BLOOD SCREENING test for these disease. A stool examination may be helpful( testing for occult blood) Routine genetic testing (HLA chromosomes etc) is NOT recomended. The next step for most Gastroenterologists is ENDOSCOPY (Lower and Upper) which can be done in ONE session (painless nowadays) Z ...Read more

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How much time for an acid reflux disease medication *not* to work before a gastroenterologist considers surgery?

How much time for an acid reflux disease medication *not* to work before a gastroenterologist considers surgery?

Failed maximum Rx?: There are lots of "non-invasive" anti-reflux procedures -- some performed endoscopically and others by surgery. Most cause some permanent change at the level of the LES, and none are complication-free. Most are relatively new, so there is limited data to prove long-term benefit. First see a gastroenterologist to better document why & what you are refluxing (consider pH impedance testing, more). ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Rectal Diseases (Definition)

Rectal diseases is also known as Anal and rectal diseases. Rectal diseases are medical conditions that affect the rectum, which is the final part of the ...Read more


Anus (Definition)

The anus is the opening of the rectum, through which stool and flatus are passed. The anal canal is about an inch in length, and is ...Read more