What is a Colorectal Surgeon?

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A Colorectal Surgeon is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of anorectal and colorectal conditions (conditions of the colon, rectum and anus). 

We are often referred to as “proctologists”, and with our additional training in colorectal surgery, we have the ability to treat our patients surgically if necessary.

Common conditions treated by colorectal surgeons include, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fistulas, anal itching, anal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, diverticulitis, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, rectal prolapse, pilonidal cysts, anal condyloma, fecal incontinence, and chronic constipation.

Our patients often comment that they were unsure which specialty physician they should see for their condition: The answer typically depends on a patient’s specific condition, and what stage that condition is in.

Below is a basic list of differences between Colorectal Surgeons and other specialists:

Colorectal Surgeons are trained in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery, whereas Gastroenterologists are trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology;

Colorectal Surgeons focus specifically on conditions of the colon, rectum and anus, whereas Gastroenterologists medically treat conditions affecting any part of the digestive tract;

Colorectal Surgeons perform surgery, whereas Gastroenterologists do not; Colorectal Surgeons receive referrals from Gastroenterology physicians after they have exhausted their medical options and require surgery;

Colorectal Surgeons are referred Gastroenterology patients after cancer has been identified through a colonoscopy, to surgically remove the tumor(s); Colorectal Surgeons are trained specifically to treat diseases of the colon, rectum and anus compared to General Surgeons and Surgical Oncologists

We limit our practice solely to colon and rectal in order to stay at the forefront of our specialty: We practice evidence based medicine and incorporate the most effective and latest developments for diagnosis and treatment in all aspects of our patient care.