colorectal health

At first, colorectal conditions may seem embarrassing, but they’re not. In fact, they’re commonplace and often easily treated. We recognize the sensitive nature of these disorders. Our staff not only provides first-class medical care for them but also shows a special understanding with all our patients and their families.

As its name suggests, colorectal surgery treats conditions of the colon. This is a six-foot-long section of the digestive tract. It absorbs fluid and moves undigested food particles from the small intestine to the rectum --  a muscular tube that stores waste before excreting it from the body via the anus. Certain colorectal conditions are more prevalent in women, and gynecologic health is intimately related.

As you age, cancer screening becomes an important part of maintaining your overall health. This is done via colonoscopy. This screening should start at age 50 or earlier if you have a family history of the disease. If a close relative – parent or sibling – was diagnosed with colon cancer – your screening should begin at age 40 or 10 years before the family member’s age at first instance, whichever is earlier.  A history of breast or gynecologic cancer also can increase risk. Colonoscopies frequently reveal polyps, or benign colorectal growths that we remove during testing.

If a cancerous tumor is discovered, treatment generally involves surgery and sometimes chemotherapy and/or radiation. We offer traditional open surgery and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical treatment. Minimally invasive procedures are often preferred as they can reduce pain, complication and infection rates, and hospital stay.

We also have extensive experience in treating diverticulitis. Initially, we generally use medications to manage it. However, if you’ve been hospitalized more than a couple of times, we may recommend surgery. One standard diverticulitis procedure is sigmoid colectomy –  removal of the diseased part of the colon. We can treat this disorder with various surgical techniques, including minimally invasive laparoscopy.

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