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3 common procedures: colonoscopy, transrectal ultrasound, & stapled hemorrhoidectomy

As we have written about before, when you are dealing with a problem related to the colon, rectum, or anus, it’s very important that you see a doctor who specializes in  ...

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Constipation: signs, symptoms, & possible related conditions

Constipation is a term that people sometimes use casually, but do they know if they are actually experiencing this gastrointestinal issue? The technical definition of constip ...

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Colonoscopy prep “clean out” -- what to really expect

We know that colonoscopies can be essential in saving people’s lives. At Alabama Colon and Rectal Institute, we look at a colonoscopy not just as a diagnostic procedure  ...

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What to expect with a transrectal ultrasound

When you think of an ultrasound, thoughts of expecting moms may initially come to mind, but it can be a useful tool for us at Alabama Colon and Rectal Institute as well. We us ...

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Why see a doctor that specializes in diseases of the colon, rectum, & anus?

When you are having a problem related to the colon, rectum, or anus, does it really matter if you see a doctor who specializes in these areas? While it may depend on the sever ...

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Discussing common conditions: diverticulosis & diverticulitis

Chances are, you know someone who has had diverticulosis. It was likely a grandparent or older adult, and they may have received a diagnosis after a routine colonoscopy. Most  ...

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Colorectal cancer FAQs

The time has come for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! There are many ways to raise awareness, but people often ask us what they can do. Our answer first and foremost is to  ...

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The Rumpshaker 5K is coming: How will you raise awareness for colorectal cancer?

Last year, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance celebrated Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March with the “Don’t Assume” campaign. This powerful slogan was me ...

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Addressing common fears about colonoscopies & why you should get one this year

Whether you make resolutions or not, the start of a new year is a time when many people think about the months that are to come, including health-related goals. Getting a colo ...

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7 tips to get back to your "regular" routine after the holidays

The holidays are a busy time that can keep you moving from one event to another, but the season can slow down other types of movements, like those related to your bowels. One  ...

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Exploring the benefits of minimally invasive surgery for colorectal disorders

Less pain after surgery. Decreased scarring. Shorter recovery time. These are just three benefits of the minimally invasive approach to surgery: an option we implement at Ala ...

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Inflammatory bowel diseases: Crohn's disease & ulcerative colitis

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe disorders that involve chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. Types of IBD include ulcerative colitis and Cro ...

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Diagnosing & treating anorectal disorders

Diseases of the rectum and anus (anorectal disorders) are common, and most likely, the prevalence among the general population is higher than what we see in clinical practice. ...

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Diagnosing & treating colorectal diseases

Around here, we are fondly known to many as “The Butt Hut,” in part because we treat so much anorectal disease and do so many colonoscopies for patients. We have s ...

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Are you a candidate for a stapled hemorrhoidectomy?

As the name implies, a stapled hemorrhoidectomy is all about hemorrhoids, and if you are someone who suffers from this condition, it’s a topic you may want to pay specia ...

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Rectal cancer symptoms, risk factors & treatment

Cancer inside the rectum (rectal cancer) and cancer inside the colon (colon cancer) are often referred to together as "colorectal cancer,” which we have discussed befo ...

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Don't let hemorrhoids be a part of your life forever

You have hemorrhoids. They last and last. They are painful, annoying, and embarrassing; possibly causing itching, discomfort, and bleeding, swelling and difficulty with hygien ...

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Raise Awareness for Colorectal Cancer by Shaking Your Rump in the Rumpshaker 5K

As a place with an unforgettable nickname like “The Butt Hutt,” we are proud to be a sponsor of a 5K race with an unforgettable name as well. The Rumpshaker 5K is  ...

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States? It is so important to raise awareness about this fact, because 50,000 Ame ...

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What You Need to Know About Rectal Incontinence

      By Heath Beckham, MD, FACS, FASCRS When most people hear the words “rectal incontinence,” they do not think warm, happy thoughts. Embarras ...

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Why We Are Called 'the Butt Hutt'

  By Jon Rosser, MD, FACS, FASCRS It’s not everyday that you go to an appointment at a doctors’ office known as the “Butt Hutt.” It’s qu ...

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Why You Want Robotic Colorectal Surgery

  By Dr. Mark Parker Twenty years ago, we did not have the ability to use robotics in colorectal surgery, but we are so thankful that we now have this technology, and ...

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Dispelling Myths About Colon Cancer

Commonly referred to as colon cancer, colorectal cancer  is the third leading cause of death from cancer among men and women in the U.S. Approximately 140,000 people ar ...

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The Colonoscopy: Dispelling common fears and misconceptions

  By Dr. Heath Beckham Having performed well over 5,000 colonoscopies in my career, I have heard every excuse and fear about the procedure.  So I’ve decide ...

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