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Rectum / Anus

ailments and treatments

Treatments and solutions designed to bring you relief.

Rectum and Associated Diseases

The rectum is a component of the lower gastrointestinal tract.  It is a continuation of the sigmoid colon, and connects to the anus.  The rectum acts as a temporary storage site for feces.

Learn more about these common ailments:

Colorectal Polyps

A colorectal polyp is a polyp (fleshy growth) occurring on the lining of the colon or rectum.  Untreated colorectal polyps can develop into colorectal cancer.  Most polyps can be removed during colonoscopy, but some polyps require removal of the colon and/or rectum.

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). A thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope is used to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding.

Sigmoidoscopy

During sigmoidoscopy, a doctor looks at part of the colon and the rectum. To do this, the doctor uses a thin, flexible, hollow, lighted tube called a sigmoidoscope that has a tiny video camera on the end. Because the scope is only about 2 feet long, the doctor is able to see the entire rectum but less than half of the colon with this exam.

Anoscopy

An anoscopy is an examination using a small, rigid, tubular instrument called an anoscope. This is inserted a few inches into the anus in order to evaluate problems of the anal canal.

CT

Quick and efficient imaging

A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the inside of your body. CT scan images provide more detailed information than plain X-rays do.

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging of the body uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the inside of your body. It is used to help diagnose or monitor treatment for a variety of conditions.

Laparoscopic Ventral Rectopexy

A short procedure, a new lease on life.

Ventral rectopexy has gained popularity in treating full-thickness rectal external and internal prolapse. The procedure has been shown to achieve acceptable anatomic results with low recurrence rates, few complications, and improvements of both constipation and fecal incontinence.

Perineal Rectosigmoidectomy

Rectal prolapse surgery through the area around the anus (perineum) is called perineal rectosigmoidectomy. During this procedure, the surgeon removes a portion of the rectum and colon and attaches the remaining rectum to the remaining colon without making any abdominal incisions.

Hemorrhoid Banding

During this brief and painless procedure, our physician specialist places a small rubber band around the tissue just above the hemorrhoid where there are very few pain-sensitive nerve endings. Unlike traditional banding techniques that use a metal-toothed clamp to grasp the tissue, we use a gentle suction device, reducing the risk of pain and bleeding.

Hemorrhoidectomy

A hemorrhoidectomy  is a surgical procedure to remove internal or external hemorrhoids that are extensive or severe. Surgical hemorrhoidectomy is the most effective treatment for hemorrhoids

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). A thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope is used to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding.

Polypectomy

Colonic polypectomy is the removal of colorectal polyps in order to prevent them from turning cancerous. Gastrointestinal polyps can be removed endoscopically through colonoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or surgically if the polyp is too large to be removed endoscopically.

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