Colorectal Treatment and Surgery
Colon and rectal diseases encompass a broad range of conditions that can vary from mildly irritating to life threatening. Research shows that early screening and treatment of colon and rectal diseases can significantly improve outcomes and survival rates. Yet, many patients delay or don't seek treatment because they may not recognize the symptoms, understand the benefits of early treatment or are too embarrassed to seek help.
Our expert colorectal surgeons have completed advanced training in surgical and non-surgical treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus as well as full general surgical training. Board-certified, our surgeons complete residencies in general surgery as well as colon and rectal surgery. They pass intensive examinations conducted by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. They’re well versed in treatment of both non-cancerous and cancerous diseases of the colon, rectum and anus and perform routine screening examinations as well as specialize in minimally invasive and robotic surgery for colon and rectal cancers.
Conditions and treatments include:
- Colon and rectal cancers, especially sphincter-sparing surgery and mesorectal excision (in which a length of the bowel around the tumor is removed) for low-grade rectal cancers.
- Diagnosis and treatment of complex anorectal (conditions affecting the anus and rectum such as fissures, fistulas and hemorrhoids) and pelvic floor disorders.
- Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), particularly ulcerative colitis and the surgical management of Crohn’s disease.
- Surgical treatment of complicated diverticular disease (for example diverticulosis, when bulging pouches develop in the digestive tract; if they become inflamed/infected it’s called diverticulitis).
- Surgical options and treatments for rectal prolapse (when the last portion of the large intestine slides out of place).
Our surgeons are also trained in colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy (a procedure that allows a doctor to look inside your colon to check for ulcers, abnormal cells and polyps) and anoscopy (internal examination to detect anal disorders).