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Colorectal Surgery

Colorectal surgery is a focal point of services at Surgical Associates, where we are uniquely equipped to provide you with personalized care and the safest, most up-to-date treatment options for disorders of the colon or rectum. Colorectal conditions can include:

– Hemorrhoids, or painful, swollen veins in the rectum or anus. They often are the result of strain or increased pressure on these veins during a bowel movement, pregnancy or other cause.

– Rectal prolapse, a medical condition in which the walls of the rectum protrude through the anus. This condition often affects the elderly and is caused by the weakening of muscles and ligaments that hold the rectum in place.

– Crohn’s disease, a long-term inflammatory bowel disease of the digestive tract that can cause severe abdominal pain, weight loss and other ongoing symptoms such as diarrhea. Crohn’s also can cause joint pain, eye problems or liver disease.

– Ulcerative colitis, a bowel disease that causes inflammation and sores in the lining of the large intestine or colon. This condition can cause severe cramping, bloody diarrhea and other symptoms. Studies show that people who have ulcerative colitis for eight or more years have a greater risk of developing colon cancer.

Visit WebMD for information about these and other colorectal disorders.

Colorectal Cancer

Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in the United States. One out of every 19 Americans will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, colorectal cancer screening and innovations in treatment, including laparoscopic colon surgery, have decreased deaths from colorectal cancer over the past 15 years.

While different, both colon and rectal cancers have many things in common. Colorectal cancers often develop from a polyp, a growth of tissue that starts in the colon lining and grows into the colon or rectum. Over the years, some slowly develop into cancer. Not all polyps become cancerous, but removing a polyp early is a proactive measure your physician may recommend.