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What is Proctology, Who are Proctologists, and What Do They Treat?

13 Jan, 2022

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As people age, problems that never have drawn a second thought seem to become front and center in their daily thinking/habits. Health issues such as high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, diabetes, hair thinning, and difficulty seeing objects close up or far away quickly come into one's mind. But, who would have ever thought that seeking help from a proctologist would have become a part of a yearly routine? What is a proctologist anyway? Let's find about more in detail about them.

As people age, problems that never have drawn a second thought seem to become front and center in their daily thinking/habits. Health issues such as high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, diabetes, hair thinning, and difficulty seeing objects close up or far away quickly come into one's mind. But, who would have ever thought that seeking help from a proctologist would have become a part of a yearly routine? What is a proctologist anyway? Let's find about more in detail about them.

 

What is Proctology?

Proctology is a highly specialized area of medicine; it is the component of treatment dealing with diagnosing and treating rectum, colon and anus disorders. Proctology is a subspecialist of colorectal surgery dealing with conditions affecting the anal, perennial area, and rectum.

 

Who Are Proctologists?

A proctologist is a general physician to understand which doctor you need for piles/hemorrhoids management. Unlike the general physician or gastroenterologist, a proctologist can also provide surgical treatment for hemorrhoids. The proctologist may advise piles surgery if you have severe hemorrhoids, i.e., a surgical procedure to remove large external hemorrhoids and prolapsing internal hemorrhoids (hemorrhoids that bulge out of the anus). 

Alternatively, they may perform laser hemorrhoids or hemorrhoid stapling wherein the surgeon uses a unique stapling tool to remove internal hemorrhoids and pull a prolapsing internal hemorrhoid back into the anus.

 

What training does a proctologist have?

In order to become a skilled proctologist, you must first become a general surgeon. After which, an additional year of specialized surgical training should be completed in surgeries on the rectum, colon, and anus to practice as a proctologist.

 

To treat diseases and conditions of the large bowel and anus, Pelvinic's best proctologists in India are colorectal specialist surgeons who have received several years of training. Expert surgeons should achieve a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery and be fellows of colon and rectal societies. 

 

At Pelvinic, our proctologist provides a team approach for your colorectal health. Proctologists work closely with gastrointestinal (GI) experts, also known as gastroenterologists that offer complete care for disorders that affect the digestive system. Contrastingly, while all proctologists are surgical specialists, gastroenterologists are trained to do colonoscopies but do not perform surgeries.

 

What Do Proctologists Treat?

 

A proctologist can manage and treat a variety of conditions affecting the rectum, anus, and perianal area; they usually treat the following conditions:

  • Hemorrhoids are distended and inflamed veins in the lower rectum and anus, which can cause itching, pain, and sometimes even bleeding.

  • Abscesses are assemblages of pus from an infection.

  • Anal fistulas are small abnormal channels in the tissue that may have incurred from surgery or infection.

  • Anal skin tags are harmless and painless skin growths around the anus.  

  • Diverticulitis is when small pouches form weak spots in the digestive tract.

  • Anal fissures are tiny incisions in the anal lining.

  • Rectal prolapse is anal opening dilation where the rectum descends slips out from its original position into the anal aperture.

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that causes bloating, pain, constipation, and diarrhea.

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a bunch of chronic disorders such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis that cause inflammation in the bowel lining.

  • Colon polyps are small, delicate clumps of growth in the colon that can turn cancerous.

  • Anal cancers are cancers that originate in the colon and rectal regions.

  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections in the genital and anal area, including Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Genital Herpes. 

 

You should see a proctologist if you have diseases concerning the rectum and anus present with symptoms such as itching, burning of the anus, constipation, diarrhea, infrequent bowel movements, rectal bleeding or blood in the stool, abdominal bloating, cramps, or discomfort, and rectal or anal pain.

 

It is best to consult with the best proctologists in India at Pelvinic to get the proper treatment and rule out the presence of cancerous cells. In addition, it is vital to understand that the doctor understands the full extent of your symptoms to conduct and suggest an accurate diagnosis. Thus, disclosing all the essential information is recommended without feeling embarrassed. 

 

Suppose you are diagnosed with the condition that requires the expertise of the best proctologist in India. In that case, you must confer with an expert who has a comprehensive understanding of the anorectic anatomy and pathology and has mastery of minimally invasive techniques conducted by Pelvinic super-specialty day surgical center. 

 

Pelvinic- The Pelvic Floor Clinic is a proctology specialty center offering treatment and curing diseases in the pelvic area under one roof. Get in touch with the best proctologists in India at 9717926203 today.

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