Colon and Rectal Surgery
Our colon and rectal surgery department specializes in disorders of the lower gastrointestinal tract, rectum and colon. Our surgeons conduct advanced procedures and clinical research.
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Colon and Rectal Surgery
Treating Disorders of the Colon and Rectum
The colorectal surgeons at Franciscan Health provide clinically advanced treatment for common conditions of the lower gastrointestinal tract such as hemorrhoids or diverticular disease as well as life-threatening conditions such as colon cancer.
Our colon and rectal surgical team works closely with other medical specialists to provide state-of-the-art diagnoses and treatments for a wide array of issues including:
- Crohn's disease
- Ulcertaive Colitis
- Colon and Rectal Cancer
- Diverticular Diseases
- Irritable Bowel Disease
- Anorectal Diseases (Hemorrhoids, Fissures, Abcesses and Fistulas)
For those suffering from diverticular disease or colon tumors, a colon resection surgery may be recommended. The surgeons at Franciscan Health offer minimally invasive colon resection for less pain and shorter recovery time.
A colonoscopy is a test using a scope and video that lets a physician examine the lining of your colon and rectum. This test can detect polyps and early cancers. Early detection is a powerful tool in the fight against cancer.
Using ultrasonic technology, physicians are able to cut and coagulate hemorrhoid tissue with pin-point accuracy. This reduces tissue damage, and the lower temperatures control bleeding, which aids recovery time for the patient.
In hemorroid banding, hemorrhoid tissue is tied off at the base with a rubber band, which cuts off the blood flow and causes the tissue to shrink and die off. Medication can be administered to the hemorrhoid to numb the area.
Franciscan Health colorectal surgeons are leaders in the advanced colon and rectal surgery procedure TEM: Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery. TEM avoids major abdominal incisions and gives patients faster recovery and less pain.
This minimally invasive surgical option only requires one incision. The technique eliminates any visible scar, and the patient experiences little pain and is able to return to normal activity much sooner than traditional techniques.
More about colorectal cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, early diagnosis often leads to a complete cure. Almost all colon cancer starts in glands in the lining of the colon and rectum. When doctors talk about colorectal cancer, this is usually what they are talking about. There is no single cause of colon cancer. Nearly all colon cancers begin as noncancerous (benign) polyps, which slowly develop into cancer.
You have a higher risk for colon cancer if you:
- Are older than 60
- Are African American of eastern European descent
- Eat a diet high in red or processed meats
- Have cancer elsewhere in the body
- Have colorectal polyps
- Have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
- Have a family history of colon cancer
- Have a personal history of breast cancer