Why would I be referred to a colorectal surgeon?
So a small polyp found at the time of your colonoscopy by a gastroenterologist may be removed by your GI doc, but if you have a polyp that is so large that it can’t be removed endoscopically, you may be referred to a surgeon. You will also be referred to a colorectal surgeon if you have a colon cancer.
What is the work of colorectal surgeon?
A colorectal surgeon treats conditions and diseases that involve the health of the intestines and related conditions of the urinary tract and female reproductive system. Conditions they treat include: Colon and rectal cancer including polyps, which are precancerous masses.
What can I expect at a colorectal appointment?
At your appointment, you will be seen by either a senior doctor or a senior nurse. After the clinician has asked many questions you may have an abdominal examination, a rectal examination or both. An abdominal examination is when you lie on a couch and the clinician will examine your tummy for any abnormalities.
How is colorectal surgery performed?
During these procedures, a doctor accesses the colon or rectum through the anus with a colonoscope and an attached cutting tool or snare used to remove the polyps or abnormal cells. If a polyp or area of abnormal cells cannot be removed during these procedures, laparoscopic or open surgery may be required.
Do colorectal surgeons remove hemorrhoids?
A general surgeon, a colon and rectal surgeon, or proctologist will perform your hemorrhoid removal surgery in a hospital or outpatient surgery center.
What does colorectal mean?
Colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer, or rectal cancer, is any cancer that affects the colon and rectum.
What happens at first colorectal appointment?
You may require a physical examination; this will include a rectal (back passage) examination. To do this the Doctor places a gloved finger into your back passage to feel for any lumps or swellings. One of the clinic nurses will be supporting you during this examination.