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What is the difference between a gastroenterologist and a colorectal surgeon?

What is the difference between a gastroenterologist and a colorectal surgeon?

Treatments: Gi docs specialize in diagnosing and medical treatments for GI ailments.

Colorectal surgeons get involved when a surgical treatment is necessary.

By and large, GI docs refer to crs surgeons when something more needs to be done. But it does go both ways. There are certain things that patients will report directly to a crs rather than a GI specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Keith Monson
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Proctology (Definition)

Proctologists are physicians who have specialized knowledge to diagnose and surgically treat disorders affecting the colon, rectum, and anus. Such disorders may include hemorrhoids, colorectal ...Read more


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Can colorectal surgeons treat hernias?

Can colorectal surgeons treat hernias?

Some can: Ask about their training and experience with hernia repair, as well as their outcomes. Don't be afraid to ask for a second opinion a well. Most surgeons would welcome a second opinion. If the answers are satisfactory, then proceed with the colorectal surgeon. If not, consider a general surgeon with expertise in hernia repair. Hernia repair is often misunderstood and underestimated. ...Read more

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Are proctologists the same as colorectal surgeons?

Are proctologists the same as colorectal surgeons?

Colorectal surgeon: Nowadays yes.. The modern day colon and rectal surgeon is boarded in both general surgery and colorectal surgery, but limits his practice to colorectal surgery ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: colorectal surgeon?

What is the definition or description of: colorectal surgeon?

Specialist: 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 colon, rectum, and anus. ...Read more

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Any suggestions for a good colorectal surgeon in sfo/san jose area in ca?

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. While you are there, the sight is full of valuable information. ...Read more

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Are all gastroenterologists surgeons or is there a subspecialty as a gastro. surgeon?

Are all gastroenterologists surgeons or is there a subspecialty as a gastro. surgeon?

No: gastroenterologists are medical but do procedures.
General surgeons do some same scope procedures, but also do laparoscopic and open surgery. ...Read more

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My colorectal surgeons job title is spr what does it stand for?

My colorectal surgeons job title is spr what does it stand for?

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 know! ...Read more

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Anyone been to a proctologist/colorectal surgeon?

Anyone been to a proctologist/colorectal surgeon?

Yes, lots!: Many people consult colorectal surgeons. Most people who are seen do not have surgery recommended, since many times people are seen for problems that do not need surgery. However, if you have a colorectal problem that does need surgery, colorectal surgeons are the experts. Disclaimer: yes, I am a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Who usually performs colonoscopies, gastroenterologists or colon and rectal surgeons?

Both: Both do however if a mass is there the colon and rectal surgeon can take care of it. In addition a colorectal surgeon would be more agressive at removing a polyp whereas a GI may be more apt to recommend surgery. This is based on personal experience. Fyi colonoscopy was pioneered by a general and cardiothoracic surgeon at beth israel in ny. Dr wolff and dr shinya invented polypectomy. ...Read more

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I'd it better to see a proctologist or a colorectal surgeon for a fissure fistula?

I'd it better to see a proctologist or a colorectal surgeon for a fissure fistula?

Yes: Both should be experts in managing this issue. Ask your primary who has the expertise locally in the area. A gastroenterologist can also refer you to the proper doc. You may require testing by a gastroenterologist to see if there is an underlying cause of the problems. Good luck. ...Read more

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Who is the best colorectal surgeon in sydney for cancer?

Who is the best colorectal surgeon in sydney for cancer?

"Best" = Subjective: I have no idea about sydney. But "best" is subjective, even when evaluated in an "objective" systematic fashion. Technically best surgical technique? Difficult to assess. Best outcomes - more objective data, but may be biased by patient selection. Best bedside manner? Most publications? Most well known? Best from a hospital (revenue generation) standpoint? Ask around, but realize caveats. ...Read more

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When does someone need to see a colorectal cancer surgeon?

Colon tumor: Most patients with colorectal symtoms are seen by a GI clinician. If a lesion found which can not be removed by colonoscopy then patient is referred to colon surgeon who will review situation to define which interventional procedure is needed to completely remove the tumor. This may be done laparoscopically or if needed by formal laparotomy ...Read more

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Can a colorectal surgeon fix an inguinal hernia?

Depends: Many times surgeons limit the scope of their practice. They are trained to do so as general surgeons, but if after specializing in colorectal surgery, they may not have done that type of surgery recently. ...Read more

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Colorectal surgeons (non-stanford) in the menlo park area. Recommendations?

Referrel directory: Check out referrel directory of board certified colon and rectal surgeons at www.colonandrectalsurgery.com ...Read more

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My husband has had hemorrhoids in the past and now appears to have a fissure. Should he see a colorectal surgeon or his primary?

Colorectal surgeon: Anal fissure disease and hemorrhoids are the specialty of the colin and rectal surgeon. They have many tools to deal with these problems based on the findings. There is a directory of colon and rectal specialists on my website at www.Colonandrectalsurgery.Com. ...Read more

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Is post op. Adhesions after colorectal surgeries have anything to do with the surgeon skills or just the patient tendency to develop adhesions?

Probably the patient: Even the best surgeons may have patients develop adhesions--particularly if they are dealing with things that are infected. ...Read more

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Are colorectal screening tests done by general practitioner or should they be done by gastroenterologists or other experts?

Experts: Colonoscopy is performed both by colon and rectal surgeons and gastroenterologists who are both experts in the field. If cancer is found, surgery is performed by the colon and rectal surgeon. ...Read more

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GP recommended general surgeon for colonoscopy. gastroenterologist have always done before. Since 1998. This is 1yr checkup. Cancer history family. ?

GP recommended general surgeon for colonoscopy. gastroenterologist have always done before. Since 1998. This is 1yr checkup. Cancer history family. ?

GI: General surgeons do colonoscopies as well. Nothing against them, but if you have been going to see GI all this time, I would stay with them. ...Read more

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Colorectal surgeon says bleeding since abscess surgery for 4 months ago not related to surgery. Husband just had colonoscopy and treated for crohns.

Colorectal surgeon says bleeding since abscess surgery for 4 months  ago not related to surgery. Husband just had colonoscopy and treated for crohns.

Not sure ? Ur asking: Perianal abscesses are common with crohn's, often pre dating diagnosis. Bleeding is commonly from ulcers in colon, but also common after anorectal surgery, due to friable scar tissue and daily trauma from bms. If u are asking is the bleeding from his surgery, his surgeon says no, so no cause for alarm. ...Read more

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Colorectal surgeon said I have obvious posterior anal fissure & gave cream to heal. What does obvious posterior mean? Is it really bad? Healing well.

Obvious means seen: Obvious just means that the fissure was easily detected on his exam. Not a bad thing, just proof of a solid diagnosis. Continue your treatment. ...Read more

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Advice for removing blood clots from the anal canal? I don't live near a place with a colorectal surgeon, and cannot afford to travel 1000 miles to see one. After being struck by a 5000lb truck at 30mph several years ago, I am finding blood clots stuck i

Oh : Oh my gosh. Can not in good conscience provide advice on how you should surgically remove anything from your body. The cause of bleeding needs to be determined. Here is a consideration; rather than driving 1, 000 miles to see a colorectal surgeon, see a general surgeon in your area. That doctor could evaluate and possibly treat. If the general surgeon believes that your medical condition requires a surgeon with even more training in the GI tract, then this is even more reason that the surgical approach should not be handled by someone who is not trained. Bathroom surgery can lead to many complications. ...Read more

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I been refered to a colorectal surgen do to my hemorieds what is the standard procedure for this?

Hemorrhoids: Depends on what stage hemorrhoids are present and whether your symptoms are related to the internal or external hemorrhoids. You are going to the right specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Colorectal (Definition)

The term refers to colin(large intestine ) and rectum: colorectal surgeon for example does surgical procedures ...Read more