Providing the Colorectal Treatment You Need

Hemorrhoid Treatment

We provide relief for hemorrhoids and treatment for their underlying causes. Most hemorrhoids can be treated without surgery, although our team can perform infrared coagulation (IRC), sclerotherapy, and Barron ligation. Whenever possible, we prescribe dietary and behavior modifications before recommending more invasive procedures. Increased fiber and water intake, over-the-counter medications, and warm baths bring relief for many patients. 

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Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that screens for colon cancer, pre-cancerous polyps, ulcers, and tumors. It can also detect internal symptoms of different conditions such as inflammation and bleeding. During the procedure, our doctors insert a thin, flexible tube with an attached camera into the anus. The camera helps detect signs of abnormal tissues. Our surgeons may also collect tissue samples or remove polyps from within the colon during colonoscopy. 

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Anoscopy

An anoscopy identifies problems within the anal canal, such as anal fissures, some cancers, and hemorrhoids. One of our highly trained physicians will insert the anoscope three to four inches into the anus, and then shine a light to uncover any bulges in the lining of the rectum. Most patients experience little discomfort during this procedure.

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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Flexible sigmoidoscopy is an outpatient procedure that allows our surgeons to examine the lower large intestine. Patients experiencing abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, or rectal bleeding are often candidates for a sigmoidoscopy. This procedure can also help in the diagnosis of colon and rectal cancer. During the procedure, one of our colorectal surgeons inserts an endoscope into the anus to view the rectum lining and sigmoid colon (the lower third of the colon). 

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Rigid Sigmoidoscopy

A painless office procedure that throughouly evaluates the rectum. Typically performed in only a few minutes without the need for anesthesia.

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Fissure Treatment

Difficult bowel movements, inflammation, and diarrhea can cause fissures, or small tears in the lining of the anus. In the majority of cases, nonsurgical options can relieve symptoms while fissures heal naturally. These treatments commonly include stool softener medication, warm baths, and increased fiber intake to avoid constipation. When these fail to relieve fissure symptoms, surgery may be required to reduce pressure in the anal canal. 

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Anorectal Manometry

Patients experiencing constipation or fecal incontinence may require an anorectal manometry, which measures the strength of the anal muscles, sensations in the rectum, and the reflexes required for a normal bowel movement. The procedure usually only takes about 30 minutes. The doctor inserts a small balloon attached to a catheter into the rectum. Patients are asked to squeeze, then relax the sphincter to test the strength of these muscles.

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Pudendal Nerve Latency

The pudendal nerve, located in the pelvis with right and left branches extending into the bladder and bowel sphincter muscles, controls bladder and bowel function. When the nerve malfunctions, patients can suffer uncontrollable urination or bowel movements, as well as rectal pain and constipation. To treat this, our colorectal surgeons deliver a mild electrical shock to this nerve. Although the shock causes the thigh to twitch, it does not result in any discomfort. The entire procedure takes only about 15 to 20 minutes.

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Transanal Ultrasound

During this quick, painless diagnostic test, the doctor inserts an ultrasound probe into the anus to check for a number of anorectal diseases, including suppuration, rectal prolapse, idiopathic anal pain, and anal fistulas. The ultrasound provides a complete 3D image of the rectum and anus. The procedure typically takes only five to 10 minutes, and the test results are usually available the following day.

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