Anorectal Disorders


Many patients and doctors attribute the majority of ano-rectal complaints to hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are not necessarily the culprit and surgery is often not required. In fact, many other conditions can cause the symptoms often attributed to hemorrhoids including:

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Bleeding
  • Presence of a lump or mass
  • Presence of extra tissue or protrusion with defecation

I am expert in the surgical and non-surgical treatments of the above symptoms and all conditions of the ano-rectal region including:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissure
  • Pruritus Ani/Perianal Dermatitis
  • Ano-Rectal Abscess/Fistula
  • Anal Warts (Condylomata/HPV)
  • Anal Cancer
  • The diagnosis of colon and rectal cancer
  • Skin tags
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Pilonidal Disease (not a true ano-rectal disorder)

Many patients have a great deal of anxiety about being examined in the ano-rectal region. This is completely understandable. Don’t worry, as I promise to perform the exam in a manner that respects your dignity and I will never perform an exam that causes pain.

Most non-cancerous disorders can be treated in the office or with an outpatient surgical procedure. I favor conservative, non-operative treatments for most of these conditions.

Unlike the recently opened ‘fast-food’ surgical franchises offering hemorrhoidal treatments, I am expert in the entire range of office and operative procedures for hemorrhoidal problems including:

  • The latest forms of banding
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Infra-red coagulation
  • Excisional hemorrhoidectomy

For fissures, I offer a variety of non-operative and operative options, and strongly favor the non-operative approaches.

I treat all forms of anal fistula disease and am expert in:

  • The placement of setons
  • Fistulotomy
  • Advancement flap procedures
  • The recently developed LIFT procedure
The Sternberg Clinic
77 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 300
Civic Center, Hayes Valley

San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-821-8000
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