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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Colon And Rectal Surgery (Overview)

Colon and rectal surgery does not have a particular definition. In fact, it is a medical specialty that deals with problems in the colon, rectum, and anus. A sampling of diseases that fall in this realm are colon cancer, rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis or crohn's), rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids, anal fistulas, and more). Not all of these require surgery.


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What is the definition or description of: colon and rectal surgery?

What is the definition or description of: colon and rectal surgery?

Colorectal Surgery: Colon and rectal surgery does not have a particular definition. In fact, it is a medical specialty that deals with problems in the colon, rectum, and anus. A sampling of diseases that fall in this realm are colon cancer, rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis or crohn's), rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids, anal fistulas, and more). Not all of these require surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
50 doctors shared insights

Colon And Rectal Surgery (Overview)

Colon and rectal surgery does not have a particular definition. In fact, it is a medical specialty that deals with problems in the colon, rectum, and anus. A sampling of diseases that fall in this realm are colon cancer, rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis or crohn's), rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids, anal fistulas, and more). Not all of these require surgery.


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Having surgery for colorectal cancer? How much of the colon does the doctor take out? Will I have normal bowel function after?

Having surgery for colorectal cancer? How much of the colon does the doctor take out? Will I have normal bowel function after?

Depends on location: Colon cancer is usually treated with wide removal of the segment of colon involved along with the lymph nodes draining that segment. The ends of the remaining intestine are reattached with staples or sutures. Bowel function is usually altered minimally unless there is more than one cancer and the entire colon is removed and sewn to the rectum. In that case, you might have frequent bms. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
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Physical rehabilitation (Tip)

Physical rehabilitation

Surgery may be the best remedy for you but rehab is key. ...See more

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My husband had colon rectal cancer and had a colostomy now he is going to get it reversed i guess i need to know how hard the surgery will be on him he has gone through so much and now its all fixing to be over please help ?

My husband had colon rectal cancer and had a colostomy now he is going to get it reversed i guess i need to know how hard the surgery will be on him he has gone through so much and now its all fixing to be over please help ?

Talk to your surgeon: Colostomy reversal may be very simple (if it was an ileostomy)or very complex - if a "stump" in the pelvis and needs extensive internal work for reconnection.I have done ileostomy reversals in an hour or so but have spent more than 5hrs. For some complicated pelvic reversals.Postoperative bowel function depends on where the colon was removed, history of radiation, etc. Ask the one who knows best. ...Read more

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Does it matter where i get my colorectal surgery done?

Does it matter where i get my colorectal surgery done?

That depends: On your condition requiring surgery and the particular surgery you are considering. Generally, the everyday colorectal surgery can be successfully performed by your colon and rectal surgery at the facility where they normally operate. ...Read more

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Physical rehabilitation (Tip)

Physical rehabilitation

The key to healing, from a major surgery, is great nutrition. ...See more

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I have fissue in ano and had botox colorectal surgery..Has not worked wot elese can i try?

I have fissue in ano   and had botox colorectal surgery..Has not worked  wot elese can  i try?

Other Options: A colo-rectal surgeon will probably offer a lateral subcutaneous internal sphincterotomy. If you have not seen one, then it is time to consider an appointment with one. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
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Physical rehabilitation

Move it, move it - post surgery/injury. Best outcome. ...See more

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Is bowl prep necessary? What is bowel prep and why is it necessary prior to colorectal surgery?

Is bowl prep necessary? What is bowel prep and why is it necessary prior to colorectal surgery?

This : This is a practice that is still debated in the surgical literature with surgeons and evidence on both sides. A bowel prep refers to cleaning out the colon of stool prior to an operation (usually on the bowels) or colonoscopy. There are a variety of bowel preps used and it often depends on the practice of your surgeon. Reasons given for doing a bowel prep include; avoiding contamination of the operative field, infection, better anastomosis (sewing bowel back together), better visualization (for colonoscopy), and more pleasant for operating surgeon. Reasons against include increased infection, complications related to the prep, patient comfort. There are a wide variety of bowel preps currently in use. Most involve drinking either a large volume of liquid or a small volume of a liquid which sucks fluid into the colon, both producing a watery diarrhea. Some bowel preps have included antibiotics with the thought it would lessen infectious complications. The data is not clear. Many surgeons simply recommend a clear liquid diet for a day or two before surgery to limit the stool in the colon. There are also studies which have shown bowel preps to be dangerous by either causing electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, or actually increasing infection. As of yet there is no right answer and usually the choice of bowel prep has to do with the surgeon and their experience as almost any can be supported by some evidence. Many surgeons do colorectal surgery with no bowel prep. A colonoscopy does require a bowel prep for visualization. Speak with your surgeon about their practice. By far the most comfortable for the patient is to consume clear liquids for a day or two. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Colorectal Surgeon (Definition)

Colorectal surgeons complete general surgery residency training and then go on to do a "fellowship" in colorectal surgery. Usually thats one year of additional training in surgical diagnosis and treatment of disorders that affect the ...Read more