Common Questions Answered

Hemorrhoid Q&A

Who suffers from fecal incontinence?


Most commonly fecal incontinence affects the elderly. Incontinence is also known among persons with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, persons with bladder incontinence, persons with diabetes and those suffering from nerve damage and back injury.




What is bowel incontinence?


Bowel incontinence is known as accidental leakage of bowels or stool. Bowel incontinence symptoms are fecal urgency, gas and bloating and can be caused by constipation and diarrhea.




What are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms for men?


Symptoms of IBS for men include rectal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain.




What causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?


The causes of IBS can be related to low fiber diet, lack of water ingestion, lack of exercise, over-eating, artificial sweeteners, junk food and lactose intolerance.




What is the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?


You can help treat IBS by avoiding trigger foods, eating more fiber, drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and avoiding too many carbohydrates. There is also medical therapy that can be recommended by your doctor.




What are the different kinds of colitis?


Colitis comes in many different forms including, microscopic colitis, lymphocytic colitis, C-difficile colitis, Crohn’s colitis, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and diverticulitis.





Fissure and Fistula Q&A

What are anal fissure symptoms?


With anal fissure you may experience sharp, knife-like pain that can last up to a few hours. You will have mild to severe painful bowel movements and possible rectal bleeding. Many describe the feeling of passing shards of glass. Anal fissure can also cause anal itching and irritation.




What is the medical treatment for anal fissure?


To treat anal fissure you can receive a botulinum toxin injection from your doctor. There are also topical solutions such as nifedipine cream, hydrocortisone cream or CBD cream that can be applied to the fissure area for relief of pain symptoms. We recommend taking other measures, like changing your diet to incorporate ground flax seed powder and eating high fiber foods. Relief for anal fissure can additionally be aided by using a “squatty potty” stool while using the bathroom and trying methods like soaking in a sitz bath to help with symptoms.




How to heal an anal fissure?


The surgical option for anal fissure is lateral internal sphincterotomy. Your doctor may also perform an anal manometry test to determine how your anus and rectum is preforming during bowl movements and prescribe other methods for healing, such as a botulinum toxin injection or topical creams like nifedipine cream, hydrocortisone cream or CBD cream. You can also try methods to reduce symptoms like incorporating flax seed powder and high fiber foods into your diet. We also recommend using a “squatty potty” in the bathroom and a soothing sitz bath for relief.




What is the cause of anal fistula?


Anal fistula can be the result of infection near the anus. Causes of anal fistula from infection can stem from side-effects from constipation, metabolic disorders, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, and hormonal imbalance.




What are options for anal fistula treatment?


To treat anal fistula you can undergo a fistulotomy surgery by your doctor. There is also the option to have a ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) procedure to close the fistula opening and remove the infected material. Other treatments for fistula are a mucosal advancement flap (MAF) repair surgery and a less invasive option of a seton placement to help clear the fistula infection.




What is a perianal fistula?


A perianal fistula is infection of the anal gland which leads to drainage of the gland to the outside skin surface, causing a tract infection and abscess.





Fecal Incontinence and IBS Q&A

Is medical marijuana safe to use?


Yes, we teach our patients and counsel them about plant medicine. During the appointment we educate on usage and dosing. Most patients find the experience helpful.




How will I take medical marijuana as a treatment?


There are several possible ways to consume medical marijuana, including: · Smokable products · Vaporize and inhalation techniques including nebulized inhalers · Use of a lotion or cream on the skin · Edibles · Placing a few drops of liquid medicine under the tongue · Topical skin patches During an appointment, we will go over all potential options and determine which one works best for you.




Are there any side effects from using medical marijuana?


Side effects are minimal to none. We help our patients understand the dosing and usage instructions and our patients report many positive changes.




How long will the medical marijuana treatment last?


Medical marijuana or medical cannabis is not a quick fix. Plant medicine takes time and that is why the certification is 210 days. During this time period, with regular follow-up appointments, our patients improve and get healthier. A plant-based diet and a moderate exercise regimen will help.




How to find a medical marijuana doctor near me?


Consult your general practitioner or www.google.com for medical specialists in your area. We are located on Armenia Ave., near the Hillsborough Ave. intersection, next to Pin Chasers bowling alley. We are easily accessible from I-275.




How to qualify for medical marijuana in Florida?


The following are the conditions that qualify a patient for medical marijuana in Florida:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those listed above.
  • Terminal condition
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain
  • Symptoms of depression, anxiety, chronic pain and other debilitating conditions
Patients must create a profile on the Florida State Medical Marijuana Registry before they can utilize the different methods. Recently, due to changes in Florida legislation, some patients may qualify for smokeable whole flower.




What is the difference between medical marijuana and medical cannabis?


There is no difference between medical marijuana and medical cannabis, the terms can be used interchangeably.




Who supports legislation for medical marijuana in Florida?


Governor Ron DeSantis has supported medical marijuana initiatives in Florida, along with our Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried.





Proctology Q&A

Is medical marijuana safe to use?


Yes, we teach our patients and counsel them about plant medicine. During the appointment we educate on usage and dosing. Most patients find the experience helpful.




How will I take medical marijuana as a treatment?


There are several possible ways to consume medical marijuana, including: · Smokable products · Vaporize and inhalation techniques including nebulized inhalers · Use of a lotion or cream on the skin · Edibles · Placing a few drops of liquid medicine under the tongue · Topical skin patches During an appointment, we will go over all potential options and determine which one works best for you.




Are there any side effects from using medical marijuana?


Side effects are minimal to none. We help our patients understand the dosing and usage instructions and our patients report many positive changes.




How long will the medical marijuana treatment last?


Medical marijuana or medical cannabis is not a quick fix. Plant medicine takes time and that is why the certification is 210 days. During this time period, with regular follow-up appointments, our patients improve and get healthier. A plant-based diet and a moderate exercise regimen will help.




How to find a medical marijuana doctor near me?


Consult your general practitioner or www.google.com for medical specialists in your area. We are located on Armenia Ave., near the Hillsborough Ave. intersection, next to Pin Chasers bowling alley. We are easily accessible from I-275.




How to qualify for medical marijuana in Florida?


The following are the conditions that qualify a patient for medical marijuana in Florida:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those listed above.
  • Terminal condition
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain
  • Symptoms of depression, anxiety, chronic pain and other debilitating conditions
Patients must create a profile on the Florida State Medical Marijuana Registry before they can utilize the different methods. Recently, due to changes in Florida legislation, some patients may qualify for smokeable whole flower.




What is the difference between medical marijuana and medical cannabis?


There is no difference between medical marijuana and medical cannabis, the terms can be used interchangeably.




Who supports legislation for medical marijuana in Florida?


Governor Ron DeSantis has supported medical marijuana initiatives in Florida, along with our Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried.





Privileges and Insurances Q&A

What are ColoWell America's primary medical facilities and hospital privileges?


At ColoWell America, Dr. Shiraz Farooq has privileges at the following hospitals and surgery centers: Memorial Hospital Tampa, Brandon Regional Hospital, Brandon Surgery Center, Fletcher Ambulatory Surgery Center and Tampa Outpatient Surgery Center ( https://tampaoutpatient.com/specialist/shiraz-farooq-m-d/).




Which insurances do you accept?


ColoWell America carries the following insurances, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Medicare, Freedom Health, and Optimum HealthCare, Wellcare Health Plans, Staywell, Sunshine Health, Ambetter, Molina, Humana, Wellmed, Avmed, Devoted, Solis, Ultimate Health Plans - more insurance policies are available, please call us for more information (813) 278-6430. We also offer affordable Self-Pay rates.




Where can I find a proctologist near me?


Consult your general practitioner or your insurance company for medical specialists in your area. We are located on Armenia Ave., near the Hillsborough Ave. intersection, next to Pin Chasers bowling alley. We are easily accessible from I-275. ColoWell America carries the following insurances, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Medicare, Freedom Health, and Optimum HealthCare, Wellcare Health Plans, Staywell, Sunshine Health, Ambetter, Molina, Humana, Wellmed, Avmed, Devoted, Solis, Ultimate Health Plans - more insurance policies are available, please call us for more information (813) 278-6430. We also offer affordable Self-Pay rates.




Where can I find a gastrointestinal specialist near me?


Consult your general practitioner or your insurance company for medical specialists in your area. We are located on Armenia Ave., near the Hillsborough Ave. intersection, next to Pin Chasers bowling alley. We are easily accessible from I-275. ColoWell America carries the following insurances, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Medicare, Freedom Health, and Optimum HealthCare, Wellcare Health Plans, Staywell, Sunshine Health, Ambetter, Molina, Humana, Wellmed, Avmed, Devoted, Solis, Ultimate Health Plans - more insurance policies are available, please call us for more information (813) 278-6430. We also offer affordable Self-Pay rates.




Where can I find a colorectal surgeon near me?


Consult your general practitioner or your insurance company for medical specialists in your area. We are located on Armenia Ave., near the Hillsborough Ave. intersection, next to Pin Chasers bowling alley. We are easily accessible from I-275. ColoWell America carries the following insurances, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Medicare, Freedom Health, and Optimum HealthCare, Wellcare Health Plans, Staywell, Sunshine Health, Ambetter, Molina, Humana, Wellmed, Avmed, Devoted, Solis, Ultimate Health Plans - more insurance policies are available, please call us for more information (813) 278-6430. We also offer affordable Self-Pay rates.




Where can I find a hemorrhoid doctor or hemorrhoid treatment near me?


Consult your general practitioner or your insurance company for medical specialists in your area. We are located on Armenia Ave., near the Hillsborough Ave. intersection, next to Pin Chasers bowling alley. We are easily accessible from I-275. ColoWell America carries the following insurances, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Medicare, Freedom Health, and Optimum HealthCare, Wellcare Health Plans, Staywell, Sunshine Health, Ambetter, Molina, Humana, Wellmed, Avmed, Devoted, Solis, Ultimate Health Plans - more insurance policies are available, please call us for more information (813) 278-6430. We also offer affordable Self-Pay rates.





Medical Marijuana Q&A

Is medical marijuana safe to use?


Yes, we teach our patients and counsel them about plant medicine. During the appointment we educate on usage and dosing. Most patients find the experience helpful.




How will I take medical marijuana as a treatment?


There are several possible ways to consume medical marijuana, including: · Smokable products · Vaporize and inhalation techniques including nebulized inhalers · Use of a lotion or cream on the skin · Edibles · Placing a few drops of liquid medicine under the tongue · Topical skin patches During an appointment, we will go over all potential options and determine which one works best for you.




Are there any side effects from using medical marijuana?


Side effects are minimal to none. We help our patients understand the dosing and usage instructions and our patients report many positive changes.




How long will the medical marijuana treatment last?


Medical marijuana or medical cannabis is not a quick fix. Plant medicine takes time and that is why the certification is 210 days. During this time period, with regular follow-up appointments, our patients improve and get healthier. A plant-based diet and a moderate exercise regimen will help.




How to find a medical marijuana doctor near me?


Consult your general practitioner or www.google.com for medical specialists in your area. We are located on Armenia Ave., near the Hillsborough Ave. intersection, next to Pin Chasers bowling alley. We are easily accessible from I-275.




How to qualify for medical marijuana in Florida?


The following are the conditions that qualify a patient for medical marijuana in Florida:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those listed above.
  • Terminal condition
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain
  • Symptoms of depression, anxiety, chronic pain and other debilitating conditions
Patients must create a profile on the Florida State Medical Marijuana Registry before they can utilize the different methods. Recently, due to changes in Florida legislation, some patients may qualify for smokeable whole flower.




What is the difference between medical marijuana and medical cannabis?


There is no difference between medical marijuana and medical cannabis, the terms can be used interchangeably.




Who supports legislation for medical marijuana in Florida?


Governor Ron DeSantis has supported medical marijuana initiatives in Florida, along with our Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried.





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