Common Questions Answered

Hemorrhoid Q&A

Who suffers from fecal incontinence?


Most commonly fecal incontinence affects the elderly. Incontinence is also known among persons with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, persons with bladder incontinence, persons with diabetes and those suffering from nerve damage and back injury.




What is bowel incontinence?


Bowel incontinence is known as accidental leakage of bowels or stool. Bowel incontinence symptoms are fecal urgency, gas and bloating and can be caused by constipation and diarrhea.




What are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms for men?


Symptoms of IBS for men include rectal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain.




What causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?


The causes of IBS can be related to low fiber diet, lack of water ingestion, lack of exercise, over-eating, artificial sweeteners, junk food and lactose intolerance.




What is the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?


You can help treat IBS by avoiding trigger foods, eating more fiber, drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and avoiding too many carbohydrates. There is also medical therapy that can be recommended by your doctor.




What are the different kinds of colitis?


Colitis comes in many different forms including, microscopic colitis, lymphocytic colitis, C-difficile colitis, Crohn’s colitis, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and diverticulitis.





Fissure and Fistula Q&A

Who suffers from fecal incontinence?


Most commonly fecal incontinence affects the elderly. Incontinence is also known among persons with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, persons with bladder incontinence, persons with diabetes and those suffering from nerve damage and back injury.




What is bowel incontinence?


Bowel incontinence is known as accidental leakage of bowels or stool. Bowel incontinence symptoms are fecal urgency, gas and bloating and can be caused by constipation and diarrhea.




What are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms for men?


Symptoms of IBS for men include rectal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain.




What causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?


The causes of IBS can be related to low fiber diet, lack of water ingestion, lack of exercise, over-eating, artificial sweeteners, junk food and lactose intolerance.




What is the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?


You can help treat IBS by avoiding trigger foods, eating more fiber, drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and avoiding too many carbohydrates. There is also medical therapy that can be recommended by your doctor.




What are the different kinds of colitis?


Colitis comes in many different forms including, microscopic colitis, lymphocytic colitis, C-difficile colitis, Crohn’s colitis, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and diverticulitis.





Fecal Incontinence and IBS Q&A

Who suffers from fecal incontinence?


Most commonly fecal incontinence affects the elderly. Incontinence is also known among persons with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, persons with bladder incontinence, persons with diabetes and those suffering from nerve damage and back injury.




What is bowel incontinence?


Bowel incontinence is known as accidental leakage of bowels or stool. Bowel incontinence symptoms are fecal urgency, gas and bloating and can be caused by constipation and diarrhea.




What are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms for men?


Symptoms of IBS for men include rectal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain.




What causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?


The causes of IBS can be related to low fiber diet, lack of water ingestion, lack of exercise, over-eating, artificial sweeteners, junk food and lactose intolerance.




What is the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?


You can help treat IBS by avoiding trigger foods, eating more fiber, drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and avoiding too many carbohydrates. There is also medical therapy that can be recommended by your doctor.




What are the different kinds of colitis?


Colitis comes in many different forms including, microscopic colitis, lymphocytic colitis, C-difficile colitis, Crohn’s colitis, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and diverticulitis.





Proctology Q&A

What is a proctologist?


A proctologist is a specialist that treats common ailments and diseases of the anus and rectum including hemorrhoids, anal fissures, anal fistula and abscess, rectocele problems and fecal incontinence etc. This extra training and experience, along with board certification in colorectal surgery can make all the difference for some patients.




What is a colorectal doctor?


A colorectal specialist is a surgeon who has extra fellowship training in treating various diseases of the colon, rectum and anus and is recognized by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Colorectal doctors specialize in diseases and cancers of the colon and rectum, including surgery options for colorectal cancers, cancer screening, cancer symptoms, and diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the lower digestive tract. Colorectal doctors or colorectal surgeons are sometimes referred to as proctologists.




What causes blood in stool?


Blood in the stool can be caused by bright red bleeding coming from hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fistulae or cancer of the rectum and anus. Bleeding can also come from diverticular problems in the colon, colon cancer and colonic polyps etc. Colitis or gastroenteritis can also cause bleeding that needs to be checked. Upper gastrointestinal bleeding can come from the stomach or small bowel also. Mostly bleeding from these sources is dark brown or black. These symptoms should not be ignored and patients should seek medical help soon.




What are symptoms of rectal cancer?


Rectal cancer is very common and can present with fresh rectal bleeding, rectal pain, anorectal swelling, weight loss and more. Some patients may have a feeling of incomplete evacuation of their bowel movement called “tenesmus” or rectal cramping.




What is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?


GERD or Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common name for a variety of problems that present with symptoms of indigestion including acid brash and heart burn, upper abdominal pain and bloating, atypical chest pain or vomiting and nausea. Some patients report a reflux of undigested food also. It may be caused by increased acid production, mechanical valve problem between the stomach and esophagus (food pipe), or bile acid issues. A specialist can diagnose and treat this disease.




How can I improve my gastrointestinal health?


Our motto at ColoWell America is #ItsAGutFeeling. Gastrointestinal health begins at home with food that we see, smell and ingest. Eating a balanced diet full of nutrients from various plants and vegetables can make all the difference. Avoid eating processed meats and foods with artificial chemicals and preservatives. Adding fiber rich food to the diet is a sure way to boost immunity and improve digestion. Undigested fiber acts as brush for the colon and removes unwanted waste to prevent constipation and bloating. We recommend adding ground or milled flax seed powder to the diet daily. A daily walk, hydration and “portion control” are methods to improve digestive health also.





Privileges and Insurances Q&A

Who suffers from fecal incontinence?


Most commonly fecal incontinence affects the elderly. Incontinence is also known among persons with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, persons with bladder incontinence, persons with diabetes and those suffering from nerve damage and back injury.




What is bowel incontinence?


Bowel incontinence is known as accidental leakage of bowels or stool. Bowel incontinence symptoms are fecal urgency, gas and bloating and can be caused by constipation and diarrhea.




What are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms for men?


Symptoms of IBS for men include rectal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain.




What causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?


The causes of IBS can be related to low fiber diet, lack of water ingestion, lack of exercise, over-eating, artificial sweeteners, junk food and lactose intolerance.




What is the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?


You can help treat IBS by avoiding trigger foods, eating more fiber, drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and avoiding too many carbohydrates. There is also medical therapy that can be recommended by your doctor.




What are the different kinds of colitis?


Colitis comes in many different forms including, microscopic colitis, lymphocytic colitis, C-difficile colitis, Crohn’s colitis, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and diverticulitis.





Medical Marijuana Q&A

What is a proctologist?


A proctologist is a specialist that treats common ailments and diseases of the anus and rectum including hemorrhoids, anal fissures, anal fistula and abscess, rectocele problems and fecal incontinence etc. This extra training and experience, along with board certification in colorectal surgery can make all the difference for some patients.




What is a colorectal doctor?


A colorectal specialist is a surgeon who has extra fellowship training in treating various diseases of the colon, rectum and anus and is recognized by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Colorectal doctors specialize in diseases and cancers of the colon and rectum, including surgery options for colorectal cancers, cancer screening, cancer symptoms, and diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the lower digestive tract. Colorectal doctors or colorectal surgeons are sometimes referred to as proctologists.




What causes blood in stool?


Blood in the stool can be caused by bright red bleeding coming from hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fistulae or cancer of the rectum and anus. Bleeding can also come from diverticular problems in the colon, colon cancer and colonic polyps etc. Colitis or gastroenteritis can also cause bleeding that needs to be checked. Upper gastrointestinal bleeding can come from the stomach or small bowel also. Mostly bleeding from these sources is dark brown or black. These symptoms should not be ignored and patients should seek medical help soon.




What are symptoms of rectal cancer?


Rectal cancer is very common and can present with fresh rectal bleeding, rectal pain, anorectal swelling, weight loss and more. Some patients may have a feeling of incomplete evacuation of their bowel movement called “tenesmus” or rectal cramping.




What is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?


GERD or Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common name for a variety of problems that present with symptoms of indigestion including acid brash and heart burn, upper abdominal pain and bloating, atypical chest pain or vomiting and nausea. Some patients report a reflux of undigested food also. It may be caused by increased acid production, mechanical valve problem between the stomach and esophagus (food pipe), or bile acid issues. A specialist can diagnose and treat this disease.




How can I improve my gastrointestinal health?


Our motto at ColoWell America is #ItsAGutFeeling. Gastrointestinal health begins at home with food that we see, smell and ingest. Eating a balanced diet full of nutrients from various plants and vegetables can make all the difference. Avoid eating processed meats and foods with artificial chemicals and preservatives. Adding fiber rich food to the diet is a sure way to boost immunity and improve digestion. Undigested fiber acts as brush for the colon and removes unwanted waste to prevent constipation and bloating. We recommend adding ground or milled flax seed powder to the diet daily. A daily walk, hydration and “portion control” are methods to improve digestive health also.