As a colorectal surgeon, my patients often ask me about what they should be aware of when it comes to bowel movements. One question I'm often asked is, "Is it normal for my poop to be a different color?" The truth is, poop can come in come in many different shapes and colors! It's not necessarily a bad thing for your stools to appear green or black. Your diet is a big factor that affects the color of your poop. Green foods like leafy greens, matcha, avocados and herbs can cause your poop to appear a green color. This is [...]
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These are very scary and uncertain times. We have no idea of when the end of this is in sight. When will things get back to some semblance of normalcy? When will many of us get back to work? Will it be safe to even go back to work? Will schools and day camps open back up? How will I feed and care for myself and my family? There are so many questions with little answers. It appears that we are in this for the long haul. Which means staying diligent in our effort to protect ourselves and our families, [...]
“I hope you are doing well” Nowadays, that seems like a loaded question. I hope that everyone is doing as well as they can be in the face of this international pandemic. We have over 120,00 cases of coronavirus in New York State, and collectively in the United States we have more cases than any other country. Many of us have been furloughed, laid off, fired and released from our places of duty without knowing if these businesses will ever re-open. And many of us on the front lines are going to work each and every day, despite [...]
Dear Patient: We hope you are doing well and staying safe in these uncertain times. We at Colon & Rectal Surgery of New York wanted to reach out to you directly to reassure you that we do remain open to treat our patients. We have also taken the necessary measures and precautions to ensure that all patients and staff members are able to come to the office safely while continuing to practice social distancing. We have limited the number of patients who will be allowed in the office at any given time, facilitating the opportunity to have a solo [...]
I’m passionate about educating and caring for my patients. The best way to prevent any type of disease is to arm oneself with information and to act early. I recently appeared on The Catholic Network’s CFN Live with Colleen McVey. In my interview, I talked about how to take active measures when it comes to preventing colorectal cancer and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Watch my interview with Colleen here starting at 4:48. https://vimeopro.com/user98187253/catholic-faith-network-cfn/video/397317838?fbclid=iwar2mgfbfby64rc5nu5_dkupkzwuqzgdureklj4vbssxves5caznmgupmtgc Since March is National Colorectal Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to raise awareness and take action toward prevention. The good news about colorectal [...]
Now that the holidays and Super Bowl viewing parties are over, a lot of us are trying to get back on track with our diets and exercise routine. This is also a common time of year when many of my patients experience constipation. People often think of constipation as having bowel movements that are hard to pass and stool is often hard and dry. Constipation is actually defined as a condition in which a person has fewer than 3 bowel movements in a week and yes, most of the time stools are hard dry and small, making them difficult and [...]