• Thinking of Going Gluten Free? ~ Dr. Margarita Murphy

      With Gluten- Free diets still on the rise we loved this list from the Huffington Post on ‘9 Things You Should Know Before Going Gluten-Free’. The article lends some great advice for those toying with the idea- read the full article by Sarah Klein here. 1. Some people need to ditch gluten, others just

  • Colon Cancer Screening ~ Dr. Margarita Murphy

    During Colon Cancer awareness month there is a lot of emphasis on Colon Cancer Screenings, but who should take part? At what age? Under what circumstances? The National Cancer Institute breaks down the screening criteria and methods for us:  People at average risk of colorectal cancer get screened at regular intervals beginning at age 50

  • Colon Cancer Awareness Month~ Know The Facts

    While Colon Cancer is a focus of our office 365 days a year, March shines light on the importance of screenings, awareness, treatment knowledge & advances and post-operative care for this battle. Take a minute to review these trends & statistics. We’ve seen some great declines in rates and increases in screenings, but there is

  • No Bathroom? No Worries! ~ Dr. Margarita Murphy

    Whether it’s vacation, beach days, work travel or just a Sunday walk in the park when you suffer from fecal incontinence a normal situation becomes a stressful situation. Constantly scouting out restrooms and packing extra clothes, being careful not to laugh too hard or play too rough can get exhausting- take a break from the worry and

  • Gluten Free VS Celiac~ What You Need to Know

    Do you have a Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease, both or neither? Dr. Margarita Murphy with Colon Surgeons of Charleston breaks down the very slim difference in these two hot topics. Gluten Intolerance (also referred to as Gluten Sensitivity) is a tricky medical subject and still new to the field as a stand alone medical

  • Post Colorectal Surgery ~ Why it’s Important.

    Cancer is a battle. One that goes on long after the initial diagnosis and surgery is completed. Even when all visible cancer has been removed, it is possible for cancer cells to be present in other areas of the body. These cancer deposits, when very small, are undetectable at the time of surgery, but they

  • To Go Hot or Not?~ Dr. Margarita Murphy, Charleston

    Are you among the many that LOVE spicy foods? Fear not! These hot dishes may not be the cause of your stomach discomfort. While foods with a lot of pepper or spice can cause mild indigestion they are most likely not the cause for stomach aches, pain, burning or general upset. While you may feel

  • State of The Art Endosurgery Center ~ Colon Surgeons of Charleston

    Did you know our Charleston SC facility (located in Mt. Pleasant) offers a state-of-the art in-house endosurgery center?  This facility allows us to perform endoscopy and minor surgical procedures in a private, comfortable and safe environment for all our patients. While at our surgery center our patients are attended by board-certified Anesthesiologists utilizing the most

  • Keep Your IBS at Bay This Holiday~ Dr. Margarita Murphy

    If you suffer from constant symptoms due to Irritable Bowel Syndrome the holidays may be a frustrating time. Here are a few key foods to avoid (or try to keep at minimum) during the season to make life a bit more comfortable: If you suffer from IBS-C  – Processed foods (including cookies and chips) – Alchohol and

  • Holiday Health~ Say No to Sugar

    The holiday season is here, and so are the delicious home baked goods. If excess gas, watery stool, abdominal pain and cramping isn’t enough to make you pass on the second serving of pie here is a great outline from WomensHealth.com explaining how sugar can wreck your system, literally. Enzymes from sugar break down into

  • Is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Causing your Constipation?

    Are you constipated? Have you been chalking it up to not enough fiber, stress or diseases like Irritable Bowel Syndrome? What may be causing your constipation is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Pelvic floor dysfunction occurs when you are unable to control the muscles in your pelvic floor in order to have a bowel movement. People with

  • Dr. Murphy Presents at the Brazilian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting

    Dr. Margarita Murphy with Colon Surgeons of Charleston is an international expert in the treatment of fecal incontinence. She recently got the opportunity to speak at the Brazilian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting on the success of Sacral Neuromodulation, the technology behind the InterStim procedure. Dr. Margarita Murphy with Colon Surgeons of

  • Dissecting Diverticulitis~ Dr. Margarita Murphy, Charleston SC

    One of the most perplexing conditions for our patients at Colon Surgeons of Charleston is Diverticulitis. There is no known cause for this painful condition, but research has shown that low fiber diets can contribute. Fiber adds bulk to the stool allowing the colon to work easily, pushing the stool forward. When there isn’t enough fiber present more

  • Is Your Heartburn ‘Normal’? ~ Dr. Margarita Murphy, Charleston SC

    Heartburn is normally described as an unpleasant burning sensation in the throat (or sometimes the chest). Most often triggered by spicy foods or rambunctious activity after eating this uncomfortable feeling sometimes has no trigger at all.  If you feel your heartburn is becoming a daily occurrence or interfering with your daily life, you notice a

  • Wash Your Hands~ Advice for All Ages

    With a new school year in session Colon Surgeons of Charleston thought it would be a good time to remind everyone, not just kids, why it’s important to wash your hands after you use the restroom. Feces contains a lot of germs such as Salmonella, E. coli O157 and Norovirus which can make people sick. A single