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what is the difference between gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons

A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
15 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Treatments: Gi docs specialize in diagnosing and medical treatments for GI ailments. Colorectal surgeons get involved when a surgical treatment is necessary. ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
30 years experience Emergency Medicine
Probably: Do you mean one of our doctors at healthtap? You should contact one of those specialists here who does inbox consults. Contact HealthTap support and t ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
28 years experience General Surgery
Never heard: I don't know or recognize that!
Dr. Jan Rakinic
38 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Super!: Sorry, i couldn't resist! different hospitals and clinics may use different abbreviations. Ask your doctor what it stands for. It is your right to kn ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wendell Goins
42 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Most colorectal surgeons are also general surgeons and therefore are qualified to repair hernias if they have continued to provide that service.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: Proctologists originally primarily dealt just with hemorrhoids and this is an outdated form. Colon and rectal surgeons are general surgeons who have c ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Reichenbach
22 years experience General Surgery
Specialist: Colorectal surgeons complete general surgery residency training and then go on to do a "fellowship" in colorectal surgery. Usually thats one year of a ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Call: Call or look up on the web the american society of colon and rectal surgeons and find a listing of surgeons recognized by the society in your area. Wh ... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
No: gastroenterologists are medical but do procedures. General surgeons do some same scope procedures, but also do laparoscopic and open surgery.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
17 years experience Internal Medicine
What is specific Q?: Colorectal surgeons are surgeons specialized in that part of the body. What is your specific question about the specialty, please?
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Both: Depends on whose available within your community.

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