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Anal Fistula Signs and Treatment Jan 7th, 2021

An anal fistula is an infected tunnel that forms between a gland in your anus and your external skin. The anus is at the end of your digestive tract, where solid waste exits your body.  Several glands that create mucus are located inside your anus. Healthy glands drain to the...

What is a Pilonidal Cyst? Dec 3rd, 2020

Located in the crease of the buttocks, a pilonidal cyst is a chronic skin infection that affects about 70,000 people every year, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Despite the discomfort caused by these cysts, many people feel too embarrassed to mention the condition to their doctor. Ignoring your pilonidal cyst...

6 Tips for Managing Crohn's Disease Over the Holidays Nov 9th, 2020

About 500,000 Americans are living with Crohn’s disease. It’s one of the most common types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and it causes symptoms from abdominal pain and fatigue to severe diarrhea and weight loss. Crohn’s disease comes with periods of inactivity (remission) and activity (flare-ups), and managing your condition...

5 Warning Signs of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Oct 1st, 2020

Though many things can provoke recurrent bouts of abdominal pain, one of the most common conditions that may be causing it is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In fact, a staggering 1.6 million Americans suffer from the painful diseases. What’s more, 70,000 new cases emerge and are diagnosed every year. At...

Struggling with Fecal Incontinence? We Can Help Sep 7th, 2020

Sometimes a medical condition can make it impossible to live your life comfortably or meet your daily obligations because of debilitating pain, or because your body isn’t functioning as it should. If you have fecal incontinence, you may not be able to work, socialize, or even do something as simple...

The Most Common Causes of Anal Fissures Aug 24th, 2020

When you’re suffering from the pain of anal fissures, you want discretion and sensitivity as well as knowledgeable care. A visit to Paonessa Colon & Rectal Surgery, PC, provides the environment you want when experiencing this common issue.  There are plenty of reasons why anal fissures develop, and for people...

Spotting the Warning Signs of Diverticulitis Jul 15th, 2020

Diverticulitis has been on the rise in recent decades, causing debilitating symptoms that land increasingly more people in the hospital. And while it used to be considered more of an older person’s disease, more younger adults are experiencing it.  If you’re showing signs of diverticulitis, seeing a doctor sooner than...

When Should I Schedule My First Colonoscopy? Jun 12th, 2020

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer in the US, according to the American Cancer Society. Thanks to colonoscopies, it’s also one of the most preventable cancers. As a highly skilled endoscopist, Dr. Nina Paonessa of Paonessa Colon & Rectal Surgery, PC, performs colonoscopies and successfully...

When to See a Doctor About Hemorrhoids May 20th, 2020

Talking about rectal problems like hemorrhoids can feel embarrassing. But this common problem affects an estimated 3 in 4 Americans sometime during their lifetimes — half of them by the time they turn 50.  With hemorrhoids being such a widespread problem, it’s no surprise that local drugstores have plenty of...