Colon and Rectal Program
- Effective, Convenient, Community-Based Care
- Treatment for Colon and Rectal Cancer
- Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques to Treat Colon and Rectal Disorders
St. Catherine’s provides the latest in Colorectal Surgery Laparoscopic Surgery, also called “keyhole” surgery, uses a special fiber optic camera called a laparoscope to visualize the interior of the abdominal cavity. Instead of one large incision used in traditional surgeries, several tiny (5-10mm) incisions are made through which the laparoscope and several small, specially designed surgical instruments are inserted. The surgeon performs the surgery using images from inside the abdomen which are projected onto a computer screen.
St. Catherine Provides...
- Laparoscopic surgery which offers the following advantages when compared
- to traditional surgical methods:
- Less post-surgical pain
- Less need for pain medication
- Shorter hospital stays
- Quicker recovery times
- Fewer small bowel blockages
- Fewer wound infections Improved cosmetic results
- Laparoscopic Surgery that is used to treat the following:
- Anal, Colon and Rectal Cancer
- Crohn’s Disease
- Diverticular Disease
- Inflammatory Colitis (Ulcerative Colitis)
- Ostomy (Creation of Colostomy or Ileostomy)
- Polyps of the Colon and Rectum
- Rectal Prolapse
- Other minimally-invasive techniques that are used to treat the following:
- Anal Fissure
- Anal Warts
- Anorectal Abscess
- Bowel Incontinence
- Fecal Incontinence
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
- Peritus Ani
- Pilonidal Disease
- Gastrointestinal Wellness Program
The Colon and Rectal Program at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is available on the campus, staffed with board-certified colorectal surgeons, both male and female, who are experts in the use of endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures, and other minimally-invasive techniques to treat colon and rectal disorders.
St. Catherine’s also offers Colonoscopy
Colonoscopy is a procedure used to view inside the colon and rectum to detect abnormalities, such as inflamed tissues and ulcers. Colonoscopy allows physicians to identify early signs of colorectal cancer and can help diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus, and even weight loss.
Problems with your colon, rectum, and anus can cause immense discomfort, and discussing this problem with your doctor can be an even more uncomfortable experience. However, as colon cancer is among the nation’s leading diseases, early diagnosis and treatment is important. The physicians at St. Catherine’s are readily available to help you through the process, and will do so in confidence. Your peace of mind is the first concern.
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Don’t Suffer in Silence…St. Catherine’s can help.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (631) 862-3600.