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Encyclopedia > Proctology

Proctology is a field in medicine. The word Proctology is derived from the Greek words Proktos, meaning anus or hindparts, and Logos meaning science or study. Diagram of the rectum and anus. ... Diagram of the rectum and anus. ...

Physicians specializing in this field of medicine are more commonly called colorectal surgeons, as the term proctologist is outdated in the more traditional areas of medicine. A proctologist should be a surgeon by training. Proctologists often work closely with urologists. “Surgeon” redirects here. ... Urology is the field of medicine that focuses on the urinary tracts of males and females, and of the male reproductive system. ...

In the United States, some surgeons (MDs) are certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, while some osteopathic surgeons (DOs), which are also equally licensed proctologists, are certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Proctology.


Scope of the specialty

Proctological disorders include:

An abscess on the skin, showing the redness and swelling characteristic of inflammation. ... In the circulatory system, a vein is a blood vessel that carries blood toward the heart. ... Hemorrhoids (AmE), haemorrhoids (BrE), emerods, or piles are varicosities or swelling and inflammation of veins in the rectum and anus. ... An anal fissure is an unnatural crack or tear in the anus skin. ... In medicine, a fistula (pl. ... Constipation or irregularity, is a condition of the digestive system where a person (or animal) experiences hard feces that are difficult to egest; it may be extremely painful, and in severe cases (fecal impaction) lead to symptoms of bowel obstruction. ... Fecal incontinence is the loss of regular control of the bowels. ... Rectal prolapse normally describes a medical condition wherein the walls of the rectum protrude through the anus and hence become visible outside the body. ... A congenital disorder is a medical condition or defect that is present at or before birth (for example, congenital heart disease). ... An imperforate anus or anal atresia is a birth defect in which the rectum is malformed. ... Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer or bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. ... Anal cancer is a distinct entity from the more common colorectal cancer. ...

See also

  • The proctoscope (an instrument for visualizing the rectum)

A proctoscope, also known as a rectoscope, is a medical instrument used to open and look into the anal cavity, rectal cavity or [[sigmoid colon], in a procedure that is called proctoscopy and is standard in physical examinations of older people. ...

Pop culture references

Seinfeld has an episode on the importance of proctology and the types of accidents that can happen. Kramer comments that proctologists always have the most interesting stories. In the episode The Fusilli Jerry, Frank Costanza sits on a miniature Jerry Seinfeld made out of raw fusili. Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... The Fusilli Jerry is the 107th episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. ... Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) is a fictional character on the US television sitcom Seinfeld (1989-1998). ...

In the episode 704 "Cancelled" of the Comedy Central series South Park, one of the principal characters Cartman gets an anal probe when abducted by aliens. When the children realize this they go see a proctologist. Cancelled is the 97th episode of the Comedy Central series South Park to be released. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Eric Theodore Cartman, commonly referred to by his family name, Cartman, is a fictional character in the animated series South Park. ...

In season 2 episode 6 of The Chasers War On Everything, the Chasers go into a bar dressed as the 3-minute proctologists.

In an episode of Home Improvement, Tim talks about how Jill's opera music sounds like a visit to a proctologist. This article is about the television series. ... For other uses, see Opera (disambiguation). ...

In the movie Reno 911! Miami, during the end credits, two of the officers are during airport security checks and they see what appears to them as a bong and start playing with it. The "bong" was really a device used to remove trapped fecal matter (the passenger was a proctologist).

In The Office Season 2 Episode 7, "The Client", Michael Scott is telling a client at a local Chilli's a joke. He says that one of the guys is an astronaut, so he drives a Saturn. The other is a pimp, and drives a cheap Escort. Finally, the third says, "I got you both beat. I'm a proctologist, so I drive a brown Probe". This article is about the various versions of the television series The Office, comparing UK, US, French, German, and French Canadian versions. ...

External links

  • Diagram of an anal fissure and fistula

  Results from FactBites:
American Osteopathic Association (852 words)
For the purpose of clarification the following division of specialty practice is defined: The practice of proctology shall consist of and include the treatment of diseases and conditions originating within or affecting the anus, rectum, perianal and perirectal areas, and related or complicating conditions not including the use of major surgery.
A thesis on a proctologic subject of the applicant's choosing which is acceptable to the Evaluating Committee of the American Osteopathic College of Proctology.
A full description of the method of conducting the examination is formulated in Article IX of the Regulations and Requirements of this Board, and provision for reexamination is made.
Proctology.us - About Our Doctors (436 words)
Certified twice by the American Osteopathic Board of Proctology, in 1991 and 2001, Dr. Shacket’s additional specialty certifications include the American Board of Laser Surgery in 1992, and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians in 1992.
Dr. Shacket is a national lecturer on the subject of proctology and hemorrhoids.
He is the author of most of the text found on this web site, of a medical textbook on the treatment of hemorrhoids, and of numerous articles that have appeared in medical publications and newspapers throughout the country.
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