Doctors in Colon & Rectal Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the small intestine, colon, rectum and anus.
Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeons use minimally invasive (laparoscopic procedures) for most colon and rectal surgeries, including several innovative approaches:
- Robotic surgery
- Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES)
- Single incision laparoscopic surgery
- Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM)
These procedures use smaller incisions than conventional surgery (or in the case of NOTES, no incisions), which decreases bleeding and shortens the hospital stay and recovery time for patients. Doctors in the department actively participate in national and international studies of these methods.
Another innovative area of expertise is sacral nerve stimulation for fecal incontinence.
Mayo Clinic's model of care emphasizes a collaborative team approach. Colorectal surgeons work with digestive disease specialists (gastroenterologists) to accurately diagnose your problem and then develop an appropriate treatment plan. They work closely with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to evaluate and treat colon, rectal or anal cancer.
All Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeons are board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.