• 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

  • March: Colon Cancer Awareness Month

    “In February 2000, President Clinton officially dedicated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, it has grown to be a rallying point for the colon cancer community where thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colon cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events,

  • Dr. Murphy Says to Let It Go

    Dr. Murphy shares that one of the best ways to keep your colon healthy is to LET IT GO. Many patients express a ‘fear’ of using the bathroom outside their personal homes.  While we understand this isn’t the most comfortable act to do in bathroom stalls with other people nearby, when you feel the urge

  • Stop Missing Out On Life with InterStim

    Are you tired of missing out? The worry and uncertainty of bowl incontinence  can end with Dr. Margarita Murphy and the InterStim implant. Dr. Margarita Murphy with Colon Surgeons of Charleston is one of the first colorectal surgeons in the state to offer Sacral Neuromodulation for Bowel Control, Delivered by Medtronic InterStim® Therapy*, which is the world’s first

  • Probiotics for Your Health

    Probiotics. Do these tiny capsules actually benefit your health or are they amongst many of the ‘health’ trends surrounding us today? There is lots of contradicting articles, opinions and research out there on whether probiotics actually do help, especially where your gut is concerned. The first thing to remember is the form in which you

  • Why Gastroenterology is a Good Solution To a Bad Stomach

    Gastroenterology is nothing but the study of the ailments that affect the digestive system. It is not as complicated as it sounds. To be more specific, it studies the diseases of the gastrointestinal tract or the tract that runs from the mouth to the anus. It also includes organs such as the gall bladder, stomach,

  • Dr. Margarita Murphy Talks Hemorrhoids

    Dr. Margarita Murphy Talks Hemorrhoids

    Hemorrhoid is one of those unspoken words, its a hush hush subject that no one wants to discuss, but here’s the truth… hemorrhoids are one of the most common ailments known with more than half the population developing hemorrhoids at some point in their life. WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 – Charleston News, Sports, Weather

  • Why Colonoscopy Is Truly Worth the Risk

    Lately, the word colonoscopy has been on the menu of many health care providers and there are not as many good services as this one. In fact, you need not be afraid of the word since it is not one of those complicated surgical procedures but only a method to detect the presence of any

  • Tis’ The Season for a Colonoscopy

    This time of year many things are running through your head… decorations, shopping lists, entertaining visitors… what about getting a colonoscopy? So maybe the holidays and a colonoscopy don’t exactly go hand in hand, but it may be a good procedure to throw into the mix. Colonoscopies can be a pricey procedure depending on your