By Providence Colorectal
September 22, 2022
Category: GI Conditions
Tags: Diverticulitis  

Providence Colorectal has a skilled team of colorectal surgeons here to help you in Southfield, Novi, Livonia, and Howell, MI. Diverticulitis is a condition patients often see us for because it causes severe abdominal pain. If you're having unexplained abdominal pain don't hesitate to come to see us.

What Is Diverticulitis?

Diverticula are small pouches that form in the lining of your digestive tract and bulge outward. When the pouches tear and become inflamed or infected, this is called diverticulitis. The pouches protruding is common especially as you age over 40, but many people are asymptomatic. Some people have diverticula but never develop symptoms of diverticulitis, so you may never even know you have them unless you have an attack.

An attack of diverticulitis causes severe pain in the abdomen, which will unfortunately but probably be your first sign of trouble. The pain can be more severe in the lower left side of the abdomen. Other symptoms can include fever, nausea, and changes in bowel habits, either constipation or diarrhea. Pain can last for several days, so don't hesitate to contact us and come see a doctor. Your doctor may perform other diagnostic tests to rule out other causes of pain.

How Is It Treated?

If you have diverticulitis, our dedicated physicians will determine the best method of treatment for you. Mild cases of diverticulitis can be effectively treated by diet changes and antibiotics. The most important thing will be adjusting your diet to your doctor's recommendations with plenty of liquids to prevent further symptoms or another attack while antibiotics work to kill the infection. Surgery for diverticulitis is typically only recommended in severe or recurring cases, so if you don't respond to other treatments there is still a more aggressive approach that can help.

The skilled medical team at Providence Colorectal in Southfield, Novi, Livonia, and Howell, MI, is here to help if you are suffering from diverticulitis. Contact us for an appointment at (248) 557-9650.

By Providence Colorectal
June 28, 2022
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Hemorrhoids  

Find out if the uncomfortable symptoms you are having are due to hemorrhoids and how your Southfield, MI Gastroenterologist can help.

Do you notice pain or discomfort when passing bowel movements? Do you notice little specks of red blood when you wipe? While these are all issues that may feel a bit embarrassing to admit let alone talk about, these symptoms are often that of hemorrhoids, a common problem that isn’t serious. Find out more about hemorrhoids and when to see a GI doctor for help.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are inflamed or enlarged veins that develop either on the inside or outside of the rectum. There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal and external. If you have internal hemorrhoids then you may not even notice them. It’s external hemorrhoids that are the most common and can cause some minor but still unpleasant symptoms.

What are some symptoms of hemorrhoids?

If you have external hemorrhoids then you may notice discomfort during bowel movements. If they are really severe, you may have trouble sitting down without experiencing pain. Itching is also a common symptom associated with this condition. Luckily, hemorrhoids can easily be treated!

How are hemorrhoids treated? Should I see your Southfield, MI Gastroenterologist?

In many cases, hemorrhoids don’t need any special treatment, and they can often just heal on their own. Of course, there are ways to manage your symptoms to make going to the bathroom a little easier. One at-home measure you can take is to soak in a sitz bath for about 10 minutes daily. The warm water can provide some welcomed relief from pain and itching.

Be gentle when wiping after bowel movements. Aggressive cleaning will end up having the opposite effect and can aggravate hemorrhoids. If you are dealing with swelling or discomfort that isn’t relieved with a sitz bath you can also try a cold compress to the area or take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

If you aren’t experiencing relief from your at-home care after about one week, it’s a good idea to talk to a gastroenterologist who can determine whether you may need more aggressive treatment like a rubber band ligation procedure.

If your symptoms aren’t going away then it’s time to give your Southfield, MI Gastroenterologist a call and see what we can do for you. GI problems happen to everyone, at some point or another. Just know we are here to help whenever you need it most.

April 08, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

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