Pain in the Butt: What Rectal Pain Means for You

While it may be embarrassing, and not something you want to share about with your friends over brunch, having pain down there (rectal pain) is a widespread complaint – 10 million Americans self-report hemorrhoids every year. Rectal pain is all too common – but there are so many possible causes to consider.

Pain in the rectum and anus is so prevalent because they’re made up of sensitive, highly vascularised tissues, responsible for removing waste from your body. As a result, there is an increased risk of damage to the tissues and blood vessels, and of bacterial infections.

But what’s causing your pain – and is it worth getting evaluated by a doctor?

By |2019-07-16T18:24:04-05:00May 20th, 2019|Colonoscopy, Digestive Health, hemorrhoids|Comments Off on Pain in the Butt: What Rectal Pain Means for You

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

2019 Colon Cancer Awareness

Every March I like to help promote colon cancer awareness month by providing information regarding steps we can all take to avoid this cancer. Last year I focused on colonoscopy FAQs to help educate & dispel misconceptions about colonoscopy.

This year I wanted to help promote awareness by covering a few important topics on…


By |2019-07-16T18:24:54-05:00February 28th, 2019|colon cancer, Colonoscopy, Digestive Health|Comments Off on March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon Cancer Home Tests vs Colonoscopy

For most colon cancer screening has always been synonymous with a colonoscopy procedure. Other screening test options have been available for years, but not until recently have the colon cancer home tests received so much attention due to increased consumer advertising.

As a result of the ads, several patients have been asking if colon cancer home tests are a viable option to screening option. These questions prompted my interest in writing this article to better educate on the pros and cons of various screening options.


By |2019-07-16T18:30:16-05:00May 24th, 2018|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Colon Cancer Home Tests vs Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy FAQs

With March being Colon Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to help spread the awareness message in San Antonio, TX that following the recommended screening guidelines is the key to beating this cancer. This year I thought I would do something different by sharing a few Colonoscopy FAQs to help dispel some of the misconceptions and educate on why it is best way to screen for colon cancer.

If you know someone 50 years or older, make sure they know about the importance of colon cancer screening. Thank you in advance for helping to promote this awareness message in San Antonio and let me know if you have any questions related


By |2018-03-27T17:13:52-05:00March 8th, 2018|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Colonoscopy FAQs

7 Reasons to see a Gastroenterologist

Are you considering seeing a gastroenterologist in San Antonio, TX? In most cases, my recommendation to those experiencing things like stomach pain or other digestive symptoms is to see your primary doctor first and they can decide if the cause is less severe than anticipated or needs the attention of a GI specialist. However, if you don’t have a primary care physician or if you’re experiencing chronic ongoing GI issues, you should ask to be referred to a gastroenterologist or contact one directly that participates in your insurance network.   

I often have conversations with first time patients where they let me know that they were unsure of what type of doctor to see for their symptoms, so


By |2019-02-07T11:47:27-05:00August 7th, 2017|Bloating, Bowel Movements, colon cancer, Colonoscopy, hemorrhoids, IBD|Comments Off on 7 Reasons to see a Gastroenterologist

2017 Colon Cancer Awareness

“I’m an avid sports fan.  I am proud of what the sports community has done to help raise awareness for breast cancer.  If you watch sports enough you will frequently see the “pink” awareness color of breast cancer in the stands, on uniforms, on athletic equipment and on signs and banners.  We need this constant reminder because breast cancer is preventable, yet still takes way too many lives.  Colon cancer awareness color is “dark blue”.  This color, and reminder, I don’t see nearly enough.  Colon cancer, also preventable, is the second leading cause of cancer death in our country.  It’s my job as a gastroenterologist to


By |2018-01-31T01:21:53-05:00March 1st, 2017|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on 2017 Colon Cancer Awareness

Do I need a Colon Cleanse?

I regularly have patients ask me if they should periodically be doing a colon cleanse to benefit their overall digestive health.  Since various “cleanses” are getting more popular, I thought it would be helpful to share the opinion of a gastroenterologist on this topic. My hope with this article is to provide some useful information, so that those considering a colon cleanse can make a more educated decision as to whether this is an actual health benefit or more of a fad.

What is the Function of the Colon?

To maintain good digestive health, your body must effectively eliminate food and bodily waste!  What we eat and drink travels from our stomach


By |2016-08-14T12:26:31-05:00August 14th, 2016|Bloating, Bowel Movements, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Do I need a Colon Cleanse?

2016 Colon Cancer Awareness

With March being colon cancer awareness month, I wanted to share some important information regarding prevention along with some specific awareness events that are occurring in the San Antonio area in 2016 to help promote colon cancer awareness for our community.

Colon Cancer Facts

  • It is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death.
  • The lifetime risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer is about one in 19.
  • While most people diagnosed with colon cancer have no family history of the disease, those with a family history of the disease should begin screening at an earlier age.
  • With early screening and testing, colon cancer is Preventable, Treatable & Beatable!


By |2018-01-31T01:21:54-05:00March 1st, 2016|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on 2016 Colon Cancer Awareness

Stool Tests and GI Health

I wanted to do a follow up on my recent blog post on “What Your Poop Says About You” by elaborating on some of the types of stool tests we as gastroenterologists in San Antonio TX may conduct on your stool.  We base these stool tests on the symptoms a patient presents with, their medical history and a description of the changes in their stool.  A stool analysis is a series of different stool tests done on your poop to diagnose certain conditions potentially affecting the digestive tract.

Why do I need Stool Tests in San Antonio TX

I realize that the idea of collecting


By |2018-01-31T01:21:54-05:00May 6th, 2015|Bowel Movements, colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Stool Tests and GI Health

Colon Cancer Awareness Month 2015

With March quickly approaching, I wanted to provide a reminder that this is colon cancer awareness month.  The American Cancer Society estimates that 50,000 people in the United States alone will loose their life to colon cancer in 2015.  With that in mind, it’s important for us to promote that this cancer is very treatable to family, friends and co-workers in San Antonio TX.
The key is to get screened at the recommended age.  Here are a few key points to keep in mind regarding Colon Cancer and links to valuable resources:

By |2018-01-31T01:21:55-05:00February 28th, 2015|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Colon Cancer Awareness Month 2015