Providence Colorectal Surgery Services
From emergency colon surgeries to scheduled hemorrhoid removals, every year thousands of patients throughout Oregon receive top quality surgical care from colorectal surgeons at Providence Health & Services. Patients undergoing surgery at Providence can be confident that they are receiving compassionate, high-quality care.
Board-certified colorectal surgeons complete extensive training, including a fellowship and separate board certification after general surgery residency training, and are equipped to diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of disorders of the colon, rectum and anus that require surgical care in adults and children. Their training focuses on the surgical treatment of conditions that affect the lower digestive tract (i.e., the large intestine).
Most colorectal surgeons offer minimally invasive (laparoscopic and robotic) surgical options and many also provide services in the Providence Cancer Institute.
Common diagnosis treated by colorectal surgeons include:
- Anal abscess, anal fistula, and anal fissure
- Bowel incontinence
- Colorectal cancer screening
- Colon cancer, rectal cancer, and anal cancer
- Colorectal polyps
- Diverticular disease (e.g., diverticulitis)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), i.e. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Rectal prolapse
Colorectal surgeons perform many different procedures, such as endoscopy (anoscopy, proctoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy), as well as surgical procedures (colon and rectal resections, colostomies, ileostomies). These procedures are performed minimally invasively (laparoscopically or robotically) whenever possible.
Colorectal surgeons are an integral part of the multidisciplinary health care team, especially when managing new cancer diagnoses. Other essential team members include: gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, anesthesiologists, hospital medicine physicians, physical therapists, wound ostomy nurses and genetic counselors.