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Robotic colorectal surgery since 2014
WELL-ESTABLISHED ENHANCED RECOVERY AFTER SURGERY (ERAS) PROGRAM
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Sphincter-sparing surgery for rectal carcinoma
Sacral nerve stimulation for fecal incontinence
What are colorectal polyps?
A colorectal polyp is a small clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon or rectum. The majority of colorectal polyps are not a problem. However, some polyps can develop into cancer. If left unchecked, those cancerous polyps can become life-threatening.
Who gets colorectal polyps?
Anyone and everyone can develop colorectal polyps. People over 50 are at higher risk, but there has been an increase in younger people developing polyps. Smokers, those who drink alcohol, people who eat high fat, low fiber diets, and those who are obese are at greater risk for developing polyps. Also, family history can be a factor.
Symptoms of colorectal polyps
Unfortunately, there are no symptoms until the polyps develop into cancer, which is why regular screenings such as colonoscopies are recommended to find and remove polyps before they become an issue. Most polyps are found during routine colonoscopies.
Surgical treatment of colorectal polyps
Surgical treatment options include:
- Most polyps can be removed by your surgeon during a procedure called a polypectomy which is performed during a colonoscopy. A wire loop is passed through the colonoscope to remove the polyp from the wall of the colon. An electrical current cauterizes the wound.
- Larger polyps can be removed via endoscopic mucosal resection during a colonoscopy. Your surgeon will remove some of the colon’s inner lining along with the polyp.
- In more advanced cases, a colectomy removes all or part of the colon as well as nearby lymph nodes. Partial removal of the colon is called a partial colectomy or segmental resection. Colectomies can be either an open colectomy using a long incision in the abdomen or laparoscopic surgery using several small incisions and special tools. A temporary or permanent colostomy may be required to remove waste from the body.
Colorectal Disease Specialties We Treat