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Could that Irritation Be an Anal Fistula? Sep 1st, 2019

Are you experiencing throbbing pain around your anus that increases when you sit or have a bowel movement? There are several potential causes for this discomfort, with an anal fistula as one of the possibilities. One of the most important steps you can take is to have us identify the...

Are Hemorrhoids Normal (And What Can I Do About Them)? Aug 1st, 2019

Every day in the United States, millions of people cope with the discomfort, and sometimes pain, that come with hemorrhoids. If you figure among this group, you’re not alone. And more importantly, there are steps we can take to help you find relief from problematic hemorrhoids. At our practice, Dr....

Warning Signs of Rectal Cancer Jul 3rd, 2019

Colorectal cancer, which is the common heading for both colon and rectal cancers, is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States (outside of skin cancer), with nearly 150,000 cases expected for 2019. While our goal here isn’t to scare you unnecessarily, the fact is that with any...

Should I Be Concerned About Anal Fissures? Jun 1st, 2019

Anal fissures are a fairly common condition that can lead to moderate-to-severe discomfort, especially while defecating. But at their worst, anal fissures can cause chronic and painful problems that disrupt your quality of life. At our practice in Pasadena, California, Dr. Gabriel Akopian is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in...

Why Are Women More at Risk of Developing Gallstones? May 2nd, 2019

You may not have known this, but women are certainly at an increased risk for gallstones. They arise in up to 20% of women by the age of 60 in the United States. What’s more, women between age 20-60 have three times the likelihood of developing gallstones when compared to...

Factors That Can Put You at Greater Risk of Developing a Hernia Apr 1st, 2019

There’s no crystal ball when it comes to your health, but there are some important red flags that you should be aware of. While many health conditions come on with no warning, some develop on the heels of certain conditions or behaviors that make you more vulnerable, and both are...

3 Facts Everyone Should Know about Colon Cancer Mar 1st, 2019

Your colon, a major part of the large intestine, stretches 4 to 6 feet long. Your colon can develop small tumors, or polyps — many of which are benign and cause no problem at all. But at least one type is precancerous; left untreated, the polyp can develop into a...

What Is Minimally Invasive Gallbladder Surgery? Feb 4th, 2019

Most people sail through life without giving their gallbladders a second thought. But when a problem crops up, such as chronic gallstones, this seemingly insignificant organ takes on a new role in your life — and it isn’t pleasant. When your gallbladder develops problems, the pain and discomfort they cause...

What Causes Hemorrhoids and How Can I Get Rid of Them? Jan 15th, 2019

Itching and irritation, pain, and bleeding during bowel movements can be signs of an unwanted, but common condition — hemorrhoids. These swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum rarely cause serious medical complications, but they can sure be uncomfortable and sensitive. Understand what causes hemorrhoids so you can avoid...

Hernia Repair Has Never Been Simpler, Thanks to Laparoscopic and Robotic-Assisted Surgery Dec 14th, 2018

Hernias are common injuries. They occur when the internal muscles of your abdominal wall have weakened, leaving a gap or space for an internal organ to protrude. There are several different types of hernias, including inguinal, or groin hernias, and umbilical ( belly button) hernias. Groin area hernias are the...

Pilonidal Disease: We Have Outpatient Procedures for This Painful but Rarely Talked About Issue Nov 26th, 2018

You may have never heard of it, but pilonidal disease often makes its presence known with significant pain and has the potential for creating serious infections. It is more common in truck drivers and others who sit most of their day, affects three times more men than women, and typically...