Colorectal Surgery

Personalized surgical care for colon and rectal needs

Our colorectal surgeons focus on providing you with personalized, compassionate care. We use the most advanced and minimally invasive surgical techniques to diagnose and treat colon and anorectal conditions.

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Getting you back to what you value most

When you are seeking care for a colon or anorectal condition, you want a team that understands your needs and offers advanced treatment options designed to fit your goals. We are experts in the management of both benign and complex conditions, offering advanced surgical treatment in a discreet, compassionate environment.

Our colorectal specialists use minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible, meaning smaller incisions, less scarring and easier recovery for you. Whatever your goals for treatment, we work with you to design a plan to relieve symptoms, ease pain and help improve your quality of life.

Expert colorectal surgeons caring for you

The colorectal surgeons at Novant Health are experts in the treatment of a wide variety of colon and anorectal conditions. Whether you need help for diverticular disease, fecal incontinence, anorectal disorders or colorectal cancer, the surgeons at Novant Health provide personalized care in a compassionate environment.

A colorectal surgeon is specially trained in all areas of colon and anorectal conditions and treatment. Colorectal surgeons have specialized residency that includes medical and surgical training. Many colorectal surgeons also pursue more specialized areas.  

All the colorectal surgeons at Novant Health are board certified. This extra credential requires additional training, testing and a history of successful patient outcomes through documented patient surgeries.

If surgery is part of your treatment plan, you will have access to top colorectal surgeons trained to use the most advanced procedures, including minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery.

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Common Colorectal Conditions

Personalized, Private Care You Deserve

It can feel uncomfortable talking about digestive conditions, however, the team at Novant Health is here to listen to your concerns, support you and answer your questions.

Our board-certified colorectal surgeons are experts in diagnosing, treating and managing your colorectal condition discreetly and with sensitivity.

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The importance of colorectal screening

The incidence of certain lower digestive tract conditions increases as you age. Once you turn 45, it is recommended to have a colonoscopy, which uses a tiny camera to view the inside of your colon and check for tumors, polyps and other growths.

If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, your primary care provider may recommend starting screening sooner. The survival rate for colorectal cancer is very good when it's detected in the early stages. That's why regular screenings are crucial.

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How often should I get checked?

If you aren't at risk of colorectal cancer, our specialists recommend a colonoscopy starting at age 45 then every ten years. If your family history shows you to be at a higher risk, your physician will instruct you to get checked more frequently.

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Nationally Recognized for Colorectal Care

Our team and facilities are nationally recognized for excellence in healthcare, offering some of the best colorectal care in the nation, including:

  • American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accreditation
  • Certification of distinction by The Joint Commission for colorectal care
  • National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC)
  • Recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) for the highest standards in cancer care
  • National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP)

Safer, Faster Recovery With ERAS

Our surgeons adhere to the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) care pathway.

This means your entire care team follows scientific-based methods before, during and after surgery designed to reduce your pain, reduce your recovery time and enable you to go home faster.

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