Colorectal Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the western world after lung cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Approximately 25,000 new cases of CRC are diagnosed each year in Spain. The improvement in the life expectancy of these patients has been notably improved in recent decades thanks to … Read more

Anal fissure: sphincterotomy or botulinum toxin?

Botulinum toxin (popularly known as Botox) has always been used in the medical field to treat medical problems related to muscle spasm. In this sense, it has gained prominence as an alternative to surgery in cases of anal fissure in patients with impaired continence. According to experts in Proctology, the bad press that lateral internal … Read more

Why is the use of wet wipes discouraged?

In recent years wet wipes (also called intimate wipes or wet toilet paper) have become fashionable. There are many varieties on the market: natural, with neutral soap, aloe vera, perfume…. In my opinion, this option for personal hygiene after bowel movements should be used only sporadically, as they are not good for the anal skin … Read more

Rectal cancer surgery

The treatment of rectal cancer, one of the most important surgical challenges, has undergone major changes. Initially, the possibility of cure involved amputation of the sphincters, which implied a definitive artificial anus (colostomy). Fortunately, in the 80’s of the last century, more than half of the patients could be treated preserving defecation through the anus. … Read more

CO2 laser, an effective treatment for hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoid surgery consists of the removal of excess homorrhoidal tissue. It should be noted that hemorrhoids are part of our anatomy and contribute to the closure of the sphincter complex. The problem arises when they bleed, prolapse or lose their initial anatomical location and surgery is required. An intervention is performed under spinal anesthesia and … Read more

Advances in Coloproctology

Coloproctology is a branch of digestive surgery that encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the anus, rectum and colon. The special prevalence of colorectal pathology in society, with common conditions such as hemorrhoids or anal fistulas, and sometimes its seriousness -such as cancer- forces coloproctologists to undergo a continuous “fine-tuning” in order to … Read more

Anal pain and bleeding: do they always go together

What is anal pain? It is pain located in the anus, usually associated with benign anal pathology, the most frequent causes being hemorrhoids, anal fissure or anal fistulas. However, sometimes this condition is presented as the only and fundamental reason, without the patient having observed any other anomaly. What about anal bleeding? Rectal bleeding is … Read more

What are the differences between proctology and coloproctology

What exactly is coloproctology? The colorectal surgeon (or coloproctologist) is a physician, specialist in General and Digestive Surgery, expert in the diagnosis and treatment of problems of the large intestine or colon, rectum and anus. The colorectal surgeon has the theoretical knowledge and specific skills to perform the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant … Read more