• 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

  • Back to School Blues ~ Dr. Murphy, Charleston

    School is back in session and so are stomach aches. Are you already hearing the ‘my tummy hurts’ blues? First, know you are not alone, 10-15% of school-aged children will seek medical care for recurrent abdominal pain and as many as one in three children visit a doctor because of abdominal pain by the time they’re 15.

  • Now Offering Fuse~ The Most Advanced Colonoscopy Technology

    Dr. Margarita Murphy and the team at Colon Surgeons of Charleston are excited to introduce the new endoscopy technology of Fuse to Charleston. In recent research studies the Fuse Endoscope detected 68% more tumors than traditional technology. Traditional endoscopes provide no more than a 170° field of view. Fuse Full Spectrum Endoscopy provides a panoramic 330°

  • The Beach and Bowel Incontienence~ Dr. Murphy, Charleston

    The SOSecure Swim Briefs have been featured on the National Incontinence Blog. Don’t be afraid of the beach this Summer, enjoy with the security of knowing you are protected from Fecal Incontinence. If you’re tired of finding temporary solutions for your bowel incontinence then visit Dr. Margarita Murphy at Colon Surgeons of Charleston and discuss a

  • Vacation Constipation- It’s a Real Thing! ~ Dr. Murphy, Charleston

    Looking forward to vacation? Having time off, relaxing, seeing new sites are all reasons to love vacation- constipation is not. It is said that 40% of people suffer from constipation while traveling or being on vacation.  Regardless of the rest and relaxation, vacation constipation is attributed mostly to anxiety and stress. Your gut is known as

  • No Longer Fear Summer ~ Bowel Incontinence Can Be Controlled

    Are you miserable when Summer rolls around? Do you dread spending days on the beach, at the pool or at BBQs with friends and family? For those suffering from bowel incontinence Summer is a season of worry. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. As many as one in 12 people suffer from bowel

  • Crohn’s or Colitis? ~ Dr. Margarita Murphy

    Crohn’s Disease is loosely misunderstood and misdiagnosed. It is quite often used interchangeably with Colitis but they are two very are different conditions under the Irritable Bowl Disease (IBD) umbrella. In people with IBD, the immune system mistakes food, bacteria or other materials in the GI tract for foreign substances and responds by sending white blood

  • Exercises for Your Colon Health

    Dr. Margarita Murphy with Colon Surgeons in Charleston SC always recommends her patients keep active to aid in many gastrointestinal symptoms. Need a little guidance? This article outlines five great ways to exercise for your colon’s health: “Exercise creates an overall more efficient gastrointestinal system that has an enhanced amount of circulation and blood flow, allowing the

  • Water Makes a World of Difference

    While we all know we should drink plenty of water, many of us don’t. It is especially important to stay hydrated during the hot Charleston Summer so that your body stays cool, but inadequate hydration can also lead to a build-up of toxins in the body any time of the year. As those toxins accumulate, the risk

  • Why Should You See a Gastroenterologist?

    When should you see a gastroenterologist? Many patients realize after their visit with us at Colon Surgeons of Charleston that relief was just around the corner. Our doctors and surgeons, like Dr. Margarita Murphy,  are trained to treat conditions that affect the organs of the digestive tract, including not only the colon but the esophagus,

  • Know The Facts- Fight The Statistics: Colon Cancer Awareness Month

    In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness month Dr. Margarita Murphy and the Colorectal Surgeons of Charleston wanted to share with you the less known side of Colon Cancer. The side that affects those not predisposed or aged. The harsh truth is it can affect those young and old. Along with the Colon Cancer Alliance, the