What’s that Pain in My Butt? [It may be something other than sciatica if it’s in your anal area or tailbone]

Hemorrhoids are a common culprit. They can be either inside or outside your rectum, and they really hurt when they’re angry!

Some say Napoleon Bonaparte was forced to ride side saddle because of hemorrhoids.

Most don’t know that hemorrhoids are normal, and that we have them from birth. They exist to provide anal tone and cushion the anal sphincter muscle. During bowel movements, the hemorrhoidal veins pad and protect our anal openings. It’s only when hemorrhoids become swollen—itch, hurt, and bleed—that they become a problem. The most common symptom is bright red blood—on your stool, toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl. Hemorrhoids aren’t usually life threatening and can go away. Most of the time they return, and the symptoms are often worse than before. It’s important to see your doctor to rule out conditions that have similar symptoms, such as colon cancer. That pain might be more than just your hemorrhoids.

About 89% of us will be bothered by hemorrhoids at some time in our lives. Runners, cyclists, weight lifters, construction workers, people who sit for prolonged times, people with diabetes, wheelchair bound individuals, and women who are pregnant or have given birth, are likely to suffer the irritation and pain of hemorrhoids…almost all of us are prone to hemorrhoids.

Fortunately, hemorrhoids are most often easy to treat.

Today there’s painless hemorrhoid removal that’s done in our office.

Rubber banding is a widely used, cost effective technique for eliminating internal hemorrhoids. Dr. Perryman uses a special instrument that simply fits a rubber band over the hemorrhoid tissue, which cuts off blood flow to it. About a week later it easily falls off and is eliminated during a bowel movement. The procedure itself takes less than 5 minutes.

Hemorrhoids can also be external.

External thrombosed hemorrhoids can be extremely painful. They are best examined by a proctologist or board-certified colon & rectal surgeon within the first few days symptoms appear. Symptoms often include painful swelling and a lump outside the anus. This is caused by a blood clot that forms inside the external hemorrhoid.

Dr. Perryman will carefully examine the area, and make medical determination whether to remove it through simple excision in the office. Most often this relieves pain from swelling instantly. Other recommendations may include: increasing dietary fiber, soothing sitz baths, and no straining or prolonged sitting on the toilet. Removing a thrombosed external hemorrhoid in the office only takes 10 minutes.

Tailbone pain can also be associated with hemorrhoids. That’s because muscles and bones are full of pain nerves down there. When you’re suffering from the pain of hemorrhoids, it can translate into pain and spasms throughout that area of your body. Be sure to be evaluated by a colon & rectal surgeon to be sure that nothing else is causing the pain.

Board certified colon & rectal surgeons are highly specialized and have many years of extensive training. They are experts in diagnosing and treating all problems related to the colon, rectum and anus.

Contact Dr. Lisa A. Perryman, FACS, FASCRS, board certified colon & rectal surgeon in Denver,
at (303)840-8822, or request a confidential appointment at www.ColoradoColon.com.

Why Does My Butt Itch? [Practical information you need]

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Pruritus Ani is Latin for “itchy anus”, and is a bothersome irritation of the skin around the anus. Numerous factors can cause anal itch, and it is treatable. Factors that can put you more at risk include dietary factors, fecal matter on underwear, diabetes, antibiotic use, skin conditions such as psoriasis and seborrhea, and excessive sweating. It could also be your hemorrhoids itching!
When you scratch, you irritate the skin even more. So, what can you do to stop the embarrassing itchy anus?

Is it what I’m eating? Sure, it may play a role with pruritus ani. Coffee, tea, energy drinks, citrus fruits, spicy food, beer, dairy products, and nuts can contribute. That’s because certain foods can make your stool irritating. Try eliminating one of these at a time for several weeks, and see if it helps.

Is it what I’m using down there? Yes, scented toilet paper, soaps and creams, and detergents can contribute to your problem. Avoid soaps to anal area, use plain white toilet paper, and keep the area dry. Check with your doctor about over-the-counter ointments and creams—the wrong one can make the itch worse!

Is my chronic diarrhea causing the itch? Good question, because stool is very irritating and a common cause of pruritus ani. Keep the area clean—plain water rinses are good—and gently wipe and dry after every bowel movement. Do not scrub, and avoid scratching as much as possible. Cool compresses can be soothing, too.

What other conditions can cause itchy anal itching? Sexually transmitted diseases, fungal and yeast infections, parasites, precancerous lesions, and tumors can be primary to your itching. That’s why it is so important to be examined and treated by a board certified colon & rectal surgeon. Don’t be embarrassed, and please don’t wait!

Contact Dr. Lisa A. Perryman, a board certified colon & rectal surgeon in Denver at (303)840-8822, or request an appointment at www.ColoradoColon.com.

9NEWS Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

9NEWS/NBC selected Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists’ Dr. Lisa A. Perryman, FACS, FASCRS, to launch Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March 2017. It marked the return of the popular 9NEWS Buddy Check9, which highlights different types of cancer each month. March is colorectal cancer awareness month, and like breast cancer has its own special color—BLUE.

Dr. Perryman appeared on the Emmy Award-winning show Colorado & Company with 9NEWS host, Denise Plante. Colon Cancer Alliance, based in Washington, D.C., sponsored the segment below.

Colon Cancer is the Second Leading Cause of Cancer Death and Strikes 1:20 People

Dr. Perryman was also featured in this year’s colon cancer awareness public service announcement encouraging people to get screened for colon cancer. 9NEWS/NBC sent the television clips and PSA to 46 markets across America and released 1.5 million (yes, million) mobile apps throughout Colorado. The message was clear: get screened for colorectal cancer today!

Important Fact: Early Colon Cancer Usually Has No Symptoms

To learn more, please visit our colon cancer awareness page or call our office at (303) 840-8822 to schedule a consultation, colonoscopy, or to speak with our medical staff if you have questions or concerns. You may also request an appointment on our contact page.

Undy Run/Walk Event

A big thanks to everyone who supported Beers 4 Rears and the Undy Run/Walk event. This is the 3rd year we have participated in the Undy Run/Walk event. Our team name is the Healthy Hiney. The Undy Run/Walk took place at City Park in Denver on June 27th. It was great to see the large numbers of people who support Colon Cancer Awareness. All funds raised go to the Colon Cancer Alliance. For more information on what the proceeds are used for, please visit: Why we fundraise

Hope to see even more people out next year!

Undy Run/Walk Event

We had a great time at the Undy Run/Walk in Denver!

Beers 4 Rears FUNdraiser

Colon cancer is the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., yet most people don’t talk about it. Colon cancer is preventable by getting routine colonoscopy screenings.While rates for colon cancer in adults 50 and older have been declining due to routine screening recommendations, incidence rates in adults younger than 50 has been increasing. 7 in 10 people diagnosed with colon cancer had no symptoms.

Beers 4 Rears Flyer
Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists is proud to announce that we are organizing a fundraiser called Beers 4 Rears to promote Colon Cancer Awareness which will help fund local uninsured/under insured colon cancer screenings, and programs for patients undergoing colon/rectal/anal cancer treatments.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Colon Cancer Alliance. Please join us for a fun evening of mingling at Dry Dock Brewing Company in Aurora, CO on Thursday June 4, 2015 from 5-8pm! If you need more information, please contact our office at (303) 840-8822.
For more information on the Colon Cancer Alliance, please visit their website at www.ccalliance.org

Introducing Our New Patient Portal

We will soon be adding a patient portal.  Both new and existing patients can use this portal to:

*Access your medical records held with our office

*Pay your bill online and choose to receive e-statements

*Communicate with us electronically

*Schedule an appointment or request for our office to contact you regarding scheduling

*Submit your patient registration packet

*Change your contact preferences with our office- we can now contact you via email, text, phone, or mail.

Patient Portal Adoption Promotional Poster

We hope that offering this service will allow patients to take control of their health and make taking care of yourself easier. This service will start to be available to its full capacity starting mid April, 2015. You will soon see a link on our homepage that will direct you to the patient portal. Until then, you may register your patient portal account here:

https://2215.portal.athenahealth.com/

Dress in Blue Day for Colon Cancer Awareness

Friday March 6, 2015 was national Dress in Blue Day to promote colon cancer awareness. This event is held for one day every March in support of this important cause. Our office celebrates for a future free of colon cancer as well as in support of our patients. We went all out in our blue gear. Also, keep in mind that March is colon cancer awareness month. If you are age 50 or older or have other risk factors, make sure you take care of yourself and get screened! It could save your life. For more information regarding Dress in Blue Day and how you can participate, please visit: Dress in Blue Day- Colon Cancer AllianceDress in blue day, backsides Dress in blue day

Dr. Perryman Featured in Grow Magazine

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Dr. Perryman is featured in the newest edition of Centura Health’s Grow Magazine. Screening colonoscopies may reduce the risk of new, late- stage cancer by 70 percent, according, to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Colon cancer awareness month is fast approaching in March so be sure to talk to your doctor about when you should be screened! Please read the article by clicking to enlarge.

Screen This Too!

fb-profilepic-4October has become know for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, even sometimes being called ‘Pinktober’. During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Screen This Too campaign encourages people to remember the importance of colon health in addition to breast health. Get your colonoscopy. It could save your life!

Click here to learn more:

http://www.ccalliance.org/screenthistoo/index.html#sthash.zSVJ68JE.dpbs

Undy 5000 (5k run/1 mile walk)- Denver-June 28, 2014

Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists is proud to say we are participating in the Denver Undy 5000! This is an event in support of colon cancer survivors and the loved ones that have been lost. Please join us at City Park this Saturday June 28, 2014. You can join our team “The Healthy Hiney” through this link: http://support.ccalliance.org/site/TR/5K/UndyNEW?fr_id=1941&pg=entry

Please see the attached letter to our patients for a discount code!

Undy 5000 patient letter

Undy 5000Last years Undy 5000!