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The Importance of Diagnosing Your Anal Warts Jan 6th, 2021

Almost 80 million Americans are infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), making HPV the most common sexually-transmitted disease (STD) in the United States. Many people with HPV suffer from a relatively common “side effect” of the infection — anal warts.  Like genital warts (which are also caused by HPV), anal...

What Causes Anorectal Fistulas and What Are My Treatment Options? Dec 1st, 2020

Most of us have some type of temporary rectal pain from time to time. Often, painful symptoms are caused by passing a large or very dry stool that stretches the anal sphincter beyond its normal limits. Other times, pain is due to hemorrhoids either inside or outside the rectum.  But...

Help for Your Hemorrhoids Nov 3rd, 2020

Do you have hemorrhoids? You’re not alone. Statistics show about one out of every 20 Americans suffer from hemorrhoids, and that number is even greater among older men and women.  Also called piles, hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels located inside the rectum or around the anus.  If you have hemorrhoids,...

Does a Hernia Always Require Surgery? Oct 15th, 2020

Hernias occur when a weak spot in your muscle wall allows an organ or other tissue to protrude beyond its normal boundaries. The most common types of hernias are those that occur in the belly or groin area. Hernias don’t heal on their own, but not all hernias cause symptoms....

The Most Common Causes of Anal Fissures Sep 1st, 2020

Every year, about 250,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with anal fissures, making them a relatively common problem among people of all ages. It may be difficult to know when to get treatment — and how to avoid developing a fissure in the first place. Michael H Tarlowe,...

What to Expect During and After Your First Colonoscopy Aug 12th, 2020

Turning 45? Then it’s time for cake, presents — and your first colorectal cancer screening.That’s right — the American Cancer Society recommends screening beginning at age 45 for most people. And for many men and women, that means having their first colonoscopy. While there are different methods for colorectal cancer...

What’s the Difference Between External and Internal Hemorrhoids? Jul 23rd, 2020

Hemorrhoids can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable condition. Luckily, there are effective treatments for hemorrhoids, so it’s easier than you think to get rid of this fairly common problem.  Michael Tarlowe, MD, PC is a proctologist and general surgeon at our offices in White Plains, New York, and Manhattan in...