Colorectal Specialists Offering Advanced Diagnostics and Treatment

A sign depicting a doctor stick figure in front of a family of stick figures.We provide a full range of colorectal healthcare for you and your loved ones. Our team understands the delicate nature of colorectal care, and we make every effort to create a comfortable environment for our patients. Our state-of-the-art ambulatory center is equipped with the latest minimally invasive technology for diagnosis and treatment. To meet with a board-certified colorectal specialist, contact our Long Island practice today.


Experience and Prestige

Dean P. Pappas, MD, FACS, FASCRSSteven Pelaez, MD, FACS, Mala M. Balakumar, MD, FACS, FASCRS and Dr. Frank Caliendo MD, MHCDS, FACS, FASCRS have undergone extensive medical training to diagnose and treat issues relating to the colon, rectum, and anus. Our physicians are respected as leaders in their field because of their experience and expertise in advanced minimally invasive treatments. Each is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Having several colorectal specialists on site allows us to share information and collaborate to determine the best treatment options for each patient.

While colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists can address many of the same issues, they have a few key differences in their backgrounds. After earning a four-year medical degree, a colorectal surgeon completes a five-year residency program in general surgery. This is followed by additional specialty education in colorectal surgery. Meanwhile, gastroenterologists practice internal medicine, but do not perform surgery. While our colorectal surgeons focus on the colon, rectum, and anus, gastroenterologists treat other organs including the liver, stomach, pancreas, and esophagus. When necessary, our surgeons are happy to collaborate with other specialists to help our patients achieve optimal health.

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What to Expect At CRSSNY

Professionalism and discretion are top priorities at CRSSNY. We encourage our patients to contact us directly for any colorectal concerns and to schedule regular screenings. 

We create treatment plans based on each patient's unique needs. We treat a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Perianal Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Pilonidal Disease
  • Polyps or adenomas
  • Proctitis
  • Pruritus Ani
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Retrorectal Tumors
  • Solitary Rectal Ulcer
  • Stoma complications
  • Thrombosed External Hemorrhoid
  • Ulcerative Colitis

While our team is skilled in the surgical treatment of colorectal disorders, we always explore nonsurgical treatment options first. A few changes in lifestyle and diet can greatly improve a patient's colorectal health. We can also provide medications to relieve symptoms like pain and treat infection. Colorectal health, like overall health, should be maintained and closely monitored as a patient ages. Our team can provide excellent advice to help patients maintain colorectal health between visits.

Our Surgical Facility

Our office and state-of-the-art ambulatory center are equipped with endoscopic equipment and advanced surgical technology. These instruments allow us to target a problem area while disturbing as little of the surrounding tissues as possible. This also promotes faster healing and less discomfort. Most patients can be discharged a few days following surgery.

For patient comfort, we provide sedation options. A certified anesthesiologist can help patients feel relaxed during their exams and during surgery. We also provide the most advanced pain medication before, during, and after surgery.

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When it comes to your colorectal health, you deserve a compassionate, experienced doctor who values your comfort and privacy. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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