Blog Archive

Understanding the Different Types of Hernias Jul 14th, 2020

A hernia occurs when tissue from one area bulges into an area where it doesn’t belong. Some kinds of hernias are more common than others, but it’s worth understanding hernias in general so you can identify whether you may have a problem. At our practice, Dr. Gabriel Akopian and our...

Tips for a Smooth Recovery After Colon Surgery Jun 12th, 2020

Whether you’re having surgery because of cancer or another issue, like diverticulitis, colon surgery has come a long way thanks to improved techniques. While this includes the use of laparoscopy and robot assistance, the improvement in outcomes can also be affected by how well you navigate your recovery at home....

Minimizing Gas with High-Fiber Diets May 8th, 2020

If you’re battling health problems that may benefit from more fiber in your diet, you may face an unwanted side effect — excessive gas. Thankfully, there are ways to maintain a high-fiber diet while also keeping gas to a minimum. At our practice, Dr. Gabriel Akopian specializes in colorectal health...

Get Relief: Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids Apr 1st, 2020

Hemorrhoids are an extremely common condition, affecting 5% of the population in the United States, a number that grows to 50% of adults over the age of 50. In most cases, hemorrhoids aren’t dangerous, but they can cause considerable problems with discomfort — namely pain and itching. The good news...

Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer with These Lifestyle Changes Mar 1st, 2020

Colorectal cancers are the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but thanks to increasing awareness and early screening, there are now one million survivors of colorectal cancer. While the first statistic may seem scary, the fact is that deaths due to colon cancer have been declining for...

What Causes Gallbladder Disease? Feb 5th, 2020

Under normal circumstances, your gallbladder quietly does its job, aiding in your digestion. However, when disease develops in this small organ, the effects can cause considerable pain and lead to potentially serious health problems. At our practice, Dr. Gabriel Akopian and our team understand the enormous impact that gallbladder disease...

Why You Shouldn’t Treat Your Pilonidal Cyst at Home Jan 1st, 2020

It’s understandable that you hesitate to run to the doctor for every medical problem and instead turn to DIY to remedy the problem, especially one as seemingly benign as an embedded hair on your buttocks. But given its location and risk for recurrence and infection, this is one small problem...

Why Robot-Assisted Surgery Is the Best Choice for Your Hernia Dec 1st, 2019

In the simplest of terms, a hernia occurs when an organ or tissue pushes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or tissue. And when it comes to repairing a hernia, surgery is often the best solution. In fact, there are 800,000 inguinal hernia repairs alone in the United...

Could My Lifestyle Put Me at Risk for Rectal Cancer? Nov 1st, 2019

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 44,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2019, which means this type of cancer isn’t terribly common, but nor can it be considered rare. As with most cancers, researchers have yet to identify a single cause of rectal cancer, but...

Diet Tips to Help Prevent Gallstones Oct 1st, 2019

Gallstones are a very common problem in the United States, affecting approximately 25 million people, one million of whom require treatment, which is usually surgical. If you want to avoid this outcome, watching what you eat may help keep gallstones at bay. At our practice in Pasadena, California, board-certified surgeon...

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...