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Mark Bazalgette, M.D.

Colorectal Surgeon & Proctologist located in Novato, CA

When it comes to caring for the lower part of your digestive system, you want a doctor with advanced training and skills. As the only specialty-trained and board-certified colorectal surgeon in the area, Mark Bazalgette, M.D., brings over 30 years of experience as a proctologist to the Novato, California, community. To learn more about how a proctologist can address your specific health care needs, call Dr. Bazalgette or schedule an appointment online today.

Proctologist Q & A

What is a proctologist?

A proctologist practices a specialized branch of medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating specific conditions associated with the lower area of your gastrointestinal tract. Your gastrointestinal tract runs from your mouth all the way to your anus and includes your esophagus, stomach, intestines, rectum, and anus.

As a proctologist or colorectal surgeon, Dr. Bazalgette specializes in the colon, rectum, and anus.

Why do I need a proctologist?

To become a proctologist, these specialized doctors undergo additional training focused on mastering diagnosis, treatment, and management of disorders in your colon and rectum. These issues can vary from rare anorectal conditions to more common issues, including:

  • Hemorrhoids: Swollen veins around or inside your anus
  • Anal fissures: Tears or cuts in your anus or anal tissue
  • Rectal bleeding: A symptom of different gastrointestinal disorders
  • Polyps: Abnormal growths in the lining of your colon
  • Colon and rectal cancer: Abnormal cell growth in your colon or rectum

Dr. Bazalgette can also provide specialized care addressing your anal sphincter associated with bowel leakage or incontinence.

When should I see a proctologist?

There are several reasons to visit a proctologist. Symptoms that warrant an appointment with Dr. Bazalgette include:

  • Itchy anus
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Anal discharge or leaking
  • A lump or red, swollen area on your buttock or around your anus
  • Changes in your bowel habits or bowel characteristics

You should also make an appointment with Dr. Bazalgette for regular colonoscopy screenings.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy uses a small camera on a thin, flexible tube to check the inside of your rectum and colon for signs of irregularities and abnormalities. For most healthy adults with average colorectal cancer risks, Dr. Bazalgette recommends beginning regular colonoscopies at 45. This might change based on your individual health, overall risks, and family history.

In addition to performing colonoscopies for preventing and diagnosing colorectal cancer, Dr. Bazalgette could also recommend this screening to help identify the cause of other intestinal issues causing problems like rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, or chronic diarrhea or constipation.

Dr. Bazalgette can also use a colonoscopy to remove polyps from the inner lining of your colon.

To schedule an appointment with the only specialty-trained and board-certified proctologist in the area, call Dr. Bazalgette or schedule an appointment online today.