What is the Difference Between a Fissure and a Hemorrhoid?

Because the causes, signs, and symptoms can be somewhat similar, it can be easy to confuse anal fissures with hemorrhoids. Simply put, hemorrhoids are caused by swelling and inflammation of blood vessels and tissue around the anus. Fissures are a series of cuts and small tears in the lining of the anus.

The colorectal experts at the Fissure & Fistule Center of Excellence offer patients a wide range of treatments for fissures, hemorrhoids, and expert anal fistula surgery options.

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What Causes Fissures and Hemorrhoids?

While they are different conditions, hemorrhoids and fissures have certain overlapping causes and symptoms. The most common causes of fissures include:

  • Passing hard stool that stretches the anal canal
  • Constipation
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Childbirth
  • Secondary, underlying medical conditions such as Chron’s Disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome
  • Digital or foreign body insertion, anal intercourse
  • Rare side effect of cancer, HIV, tuberculosis, and syphilis

What are the Treatment Options for Anal Fissures?

Smaller fissures resemble small paper cuts and as such can be difficult to detect. They typically tend to heal on their own and do not require medical attention. However painful bowel movements and bleeding that do not abate or heal on their own within a few weeks should be brought to the attention of a medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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The most common symptoms to look out for with fissures include:

  • Painful bowel movements
  • Pain after bowel movements that does not subside for several hours
  • Blood in stool or on paper
  • Itching and irritation around the anus
  • Damaged skin around the anus
  • Lumps or skin tags around the anus

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Next, read our blog, What are the Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?

What Are The Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer?

Like many other forms of cancer, prostate cancer may not always be detectable or present symptoms in the early stages. Symptoms may not appear until the tumors have grown or spread to other organs and parts of the body, or conversely certain symptoms could stem from a source other than cancer.

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At The Prostate Cancer Specialists of Los Angeles, expert prostate cancer doctors in Los Angeles advise men to become familiar with the normal rhythm and function of their bodies so as to become attuned to what feels right, and more importantly to be able to know when something feels “off” or wrong. Each patient is different, and no two people experience symptoms in exactly the same way. Knowing what feels right is the most important step to overall health, including cancer detection.

Possible Signs of Prostate Cancer

Once a case of prostate cancer begins to advance, patients usually experience a series of urinary issues, including the following:

  • Frequent urination, most prominent during the night
  • The presence of blood in urine or semen
  • Pain or burning
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Incontinence
  • Pain in pelvis and lower extremities
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness or partial paralysis in lower extremities

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It’s important to keep in mind that the presence of a particular symptom does not necessarily indicate prostate cancer. Getting regular check ups and consulting with an experienced urologist should any troubling symptoms present is the best course of action. Urinary tract infections and enlarged prostates can present similar symptoms, as all result from a blockage in the prostate gland. Pain and loss of movement with urinary problems can result from advanced prostate cancer, and sufferers should seek medical attention immediately.

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Next, read our blog, Eliminate Hair for Good with Laser Hair Removal.

Eliminate Hair for Good with Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has become one of the best options for eliminating unwanted body hair. Nowadays, shaving is a daily routine for many women, one that can become tedious and lead to annoyances like nicks and razor burn. Men also deal with unwanted hair, often on the back or chest. While waxing provides a longer-lasting result, it is painful and must be repeated every month. Laser hair removal may require a time commitment, but in the end the hair will be gone for good!

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Laser Hair Removal in San Diego

Laser hair removal has seen advances over the years and is now a safe and reliable means of hair removal. It has also seen a dramatic increase in popularity, with more and more people opting to remove hair for good rather than deal with shaving or waxing. As long as the laser is wielded by an experienced technician, the process is entirely safe and relatively painless.

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Dr. Paul Chasan uses IPL, or intense pulsed light, to treat unwanted hair. IPL hair removal is generally less painful and has been found to be more effective than other laser hair removal systems. IPL uses long wavelength flashes of light to target and destroy hair follicles. It is generally most effective on people with light skin and dark hair, as it can be difficult for a laser to target hair follicles that are close in color to the skin.

Laser hair removal is not an instantaneous process, but will require multiple sessions in order to completely destroy the hair follicles. The hair grows in different stages, so a skilled laser technician is required in order to determine the timing of treatments for optimal effect. Winter is usually the best time to begin a laser hair removal treatment, as the skin will be sensitive to the sun following treatments. After all the treatments are finished, you will be hair-free for good!

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Next, read our blog, Orthopedic Surgery in Beverly Hills.

Orthopedic Surgery in Beverly Hills

Orthopedic surgery is sometimes necessary after a sports-related injury. Surgical procedures can be used to examine the joint and discover the exact treatment needed.

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Outpatient Orthopedic Surgery in Beverly Hills

Orthopedic surgery doesn’t always have to be performed in a hospital setting. Some procedures can be done in an outpatient setting like La Peer Health Systems. The Beverly Hills Surgical center can accommodate your needs for orthopedic surgery on your day of surgery. Whether you are having a procedure done on your shoulder or a procedure to repair your torn ligament in your knee, you may be able to go home the day of your procedure. Finding the best facilities can help you to recover faster and with less post-operative pain and discomfort.

Most arthroscopic procedures can be performed in one day in an outpatient setting. In an arthroscopic examination, an orthopedic surgeon makes an incision and inserts a small instrument that contains a small lens and lighting system to illuminate and magnify the inside of the joint, giving the doctor an up- close look at the affected joint.

Outpatient orthopedic procedures that may be recommended include:

  • Arthroscopic Anterior and Posterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstructions
  • Arthroscopic Knee Meniscal Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Knee Articular Cartilage Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Labral Repairs and Repairs for Shoulder Instability
  • Acromio-Clavicular Joint Stabilization

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Contact a Beverly Hills Orthopedic Surgeon Today

Outpatient orthopedic surgery in Beverly Hills is a breeze at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine. Contact Dr. Meier today to find out more about the best outpatient orthopedic surgery in Beverly Hills. Dr Meier can be reached at www.mosm.com.

LASIK Eye Surgery

If you’re nearsighted or farsighted, you know how problematic your vision can be. Depending on the condition, you may have trouble seeing things close to you, or things far away may appear blurry and undefined. Though glasses and contacts are effective ways to treat myopia and hyperopia, they are only temporary solutions that are required to be worn at all times in order to work properly. LASIK eye surgery, however, is a permanent solution to fixing visual issues. And unlike glasses or contacts, LASIK won’t require continuous upkeep like buying more contact solution or a new prescription!

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During LASIK eye surgery, a patient’s vision is corrected by altering their shape of his or her cornea. The shape of an individual’s cornea determines if he or she is nearsighted or farsighted: nearsighted patients have a cornea that has too much curvature, while patients who are farsighted have a cornea that isn’t curved enough.

When undergoing LASIK, patients are given a relaxant to help keep them calm and comfortable during the procedure. A laser will then create a flap on a patient’s cornea. After this flap is lifted, the underlying corneal bed—the part of the eye that is altered by the laser—is reshaped, ultimately providing patients with better vision.

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After LASIK, patients should expect their eyes to feel sore or slightly uncomfortable, but these are only temporary issues and will resolve themselves in time. Once recovered fully, patients can experience the joy of clear, bright vision for the first time in their lives!

If you are interested in correcting your vision through LASIK, please contact someone like expert San Diego LASIK eye surgeon Dr. Michael Tracy. At Carlsbad Eye Care, Dr. Tracy provides patients with a procedure that is literally life-changing. Learn more about LASIK eye surgery by visiting www.carlsbad-eye-care.com.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is an injectable cosmetic treatment that is popular around the world. While many people are familiar with Botox and the results it produces, many are unaware of how Botox actually works. Botox is a neuromodulator which works by relaxing muscle movement.

Wrinkles in the face are often caused by years of overactive muscle use and Botox prevents wrinkles from forming by blocking muscle movement. Fine lines and wrinkles that form from smiling, laughing, smoking, or frowning can be treated with strategically placed Botox injections.

San Diego Botox

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What Results Can I Expect from Botox?

Botox is a virtually painless treatment that comes with a low risk of side effects when performed by a board-certified dermatologist at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego. Botox injections require no downtime and patients can return to their normal daily activities right after the treatment is completed. Patients don’t have to worry about bleeding, bruising, or pain after their injections. For most patients, only one treatment session is required in order to get the desired results. Patients will notice a difference in their appearance after only a few days! While San Diego Botox is not a permanent wrinkle solution, touch ups can be done after the effects have worn off.

Who Should Perform Botox Injections?

Botox should only be performed by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon as they are the most trained and qualified to do so. While Botox injections are quick and painless, they are still medical procedures that should only be performed by a medical professional. Undergoing San Diego Botox injections at a spa, salon, or friend’s house is dangerous and involves serious risks. An unqualified injector can cause undesired results and even paralysis. It is always safest to find a board-certified and experienced doctor to perform Botox injections.

Visit www.gbkderm.com for information about how our San Diego Botox experts can help you achieve the most ideal results.