UC Health Colon & Rectal Surgery cares for patients with an entire spectrum of both benign and malignant disorders of the colon, rectum and anus with the most current technology, medical treatments and surgical procedures. Recognized by Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors in Cincinnati, our surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and are recognized locally and nationally for their expertise in the care of complex colorectal disease.
For patient convenience, our colon and rectal surgeons provide care in Clifton and West Chester. At UC Health, our colon & rectal surgery patients are provided outstanding collaborative care and benefit from cutting edge technology. Minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic and robotic-assisted techniques are available for a wide range of diseases, including colon and rectal cancer, polyps, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, endometriosis, ulcerative and ischemic colitis, GI bleeding, rectal prolapse and constipation.
These minimally invasive approaches are often associated with minimal discomfort and a quicker return to normal activity. Our physicians provide comprehensive and compassionate care for a wide range of colorectal disorders. They are experts in pelvic floor disorders and provide exceptional treatment options for this highly sensitive issue.
Minimally Invasive Options for Colorectal Cancer
Until recently, many patients with precancerous growths or early cancers of the rectum had to undergo open surgery with a long recovery period and risk of complications. Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) can eliminate the need for major surgery for many of these patients. West Chester Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the nation to offer TEM, a minimally invasive option for the removal of certain rectal polyps and early stage rectal tumors. This technique allows patients to recover more quickly with a decreased likelihood of complications than that of major surgery. Performed with specially designed equipment, TEM has made it possible to remove tumors high inside the rectum that otherwise would be accessible only through invasive, open abdominal surgery. The patient benefits of TEM, as compared to radical abdominal surgery, include:
- Elimination of invasive surgery
- No large incision or stitches
- Reduced risk of infection
- No colostomy
- Less pain
- Faster recovery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Improved quality of life, post-surgery