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Colon and Rectal Surgeon

A colon and rectal surgeon will be knowledgeable about all manner of conditions that affect the colon, rectum and anus. These doctors have specialized knowledge in their field, in addition to having the general education that is required of all physicians. Their job is to diagnose and treat specific diseases that present in the tissues of the digestive system that range from the intestines to the anus.

In some cases, colon and rectal surgeons will also work with other areas of the body when diseases or conditions make it necessary. These may commonly include other digestive organs, as well as those of other systems, such as the reproductive and urinary systems.

While colon and rectal surgeons are often associated with diseases like colorectal cancer, these specialists are able to treat less life-threatening conditions, as well. Hemorrhoids and anal fissures may require the expertise of this type of specialist, for example. A family doctor or general practitioner may refer a pateint to a colon and rectal surgeon in order to diagnose a condition or to treat one that has already been diagnosed. The methods used for treatment vary widely, depending on the nature of the condition, the patient\'s needs, and the doctor\'s experience and expertise.

A patient might be referred to a colon and rectal surgeon to address the following:
  • Anal Abscess/Fistula
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Warts
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn\'s Disease
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ostomy
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Pilonidal Disease
  • Polyps of the Colon and Rectum
  • Pruritus Ani
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectocele
  • Ulcerative Colitis

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