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Preparing to See a Colorectal Surgeon

Also known as proctologists or colon surgeons, colorectal surgeons specialize in surgical procedures performed on the colon, rectum, and anus. From minor problems in the anal area to serious lower digestive tract diseases, a colorectal surgeon will diagnose and treat a wide range of issues, including but not limited to:

  • Anal fissure, fistula, or abscess
  • Diverticulitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Crohn’s Disease or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Colorectal cancer

If you’re planning on visiting a colorectal surgeon for any one of these issues, it’s important to be prepared. We recommend establishing a good dialogue with your physician during any appointments prior to surgery, be thorough when answering questions, and don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions you may have, as well. The following is a small sampling of common patient questions:

  • How often do you perform procedures like the one I am about to undergo?
  • Are there any risks associated with this procedure?
  • What should I do to prepare?
  • How long will the procedure take?
  • Will any other medical care professionals be present for the procedure (e.g. anesthesiologists, nurses, etc.)?
  • How long will I be in recovery?
  • Will I require any pain medication following the procedure?
  • How many post-op appointments should I make?

It can be helpful to write down any questions that come to mind before visiting your colorectal surgeon. The more prepared you are, the better your overall experience will be.

This article was published on June 19, 2013, and was last updated on March 29th, 2016 in Blog, Treatment.

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