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By: Jesus F.
Viamonte, Manuel III MD FACS
What a doctor!This man is very capable and masters his field of knowledge, but also he is not a "mercenary" like others in the business, who charge you a bunch of dollars for nothing. I have been seeing this doctor for 3-4 months now, for a case of hemorrhoids. I have not medical insurance, so I need to be very careful with medical fees. Since my first visit, he was very precise in telling me what I had and what treatment I required. At the time I was bleeding profusely, so I was a little scared and I had no choice but go to see a proctologist at any cost. I believe he knew all of this, and certainly he could ask me an absurd amount of money per visit, but this was not the case. His charges have been more than fair for the procedure he has been followed with me. I need to say that I did not know him and certainly he did not know me before my first visit. Today, after 4 visits, he made an inspection (as he always does) and he informed me that the issue I had has been fixed. At the end I have my problem solved, I'm happy (and not in a verge of bankruptcy) and very impressed for his medical ethics.
Tips & Advices
Proctologists and gastroenterologists are similar in that they both specialize in diseases and conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract, but they differ in terms of the treatment modalities they use. Proctologists are surgeons, and they use surgery to treat conditions such as anal warts, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, and colon cancer. Gastroenterologists are medical doctors, but they are not surgeons, and they use treatments other than surgery to manage disease.
A visit to a proctologist can take 20-60 minutes or more. The length of time required for your appointment will depend on whether you're a new or established patient; new-patient visits tend to last longer. Also, if you're having a procedure such as a colonoscopy performed, this will extend the duration of your appointment.
During a visit to a proctologist, you'll be asked if you've experienced symptoms that concern the rectum and colon. These include itching, pain, bleeding, and difficulty passing stool. You'll also be asked about your sexual history. The proctologist will visually examine the area around your anus. This doctor will also perform a digital rectal exam, and this involves the insertion of a lubricated gloved finger into your anus to detect abnormalities. In some cases, you might be asked to cleanse your colon with an enema prior to the office visit.
In its earliest stages, there are no symptoms of prostate cancer. In more advanced cases, those who have this disease might have difficulty urinating, especially at night. They may also notice blood in their urine or semen, and they might have problems obtaining an erection. If prostate cancer has  spread to the bones, you may experience pain in the hips, back, and chest.
Prostate cancer is one that affects this gland found only in males, and it's responsible for producing some of the fluid found in semen. The prostate gland is located below the rectum and in front of the bladder. In younger men, the prostate is the size of a walnut, but it can grow significantly larger as you age.

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