WHY CHOOSE A COLORECTAL SURGEON
Patients Comes First
A Colorectal Surgeon has a particular interest in diseases of the colon and rectum. To become an expert in the treatment and management of these conditions, a colorectal surgeon must undergo training in both general surgery and advanced training in problems of the lower gastrointestinal tract. A colorectal surgeon may also sometimes be known as a Coloproctologist.
Training to be a Colorectal Surgeon:
The surgeon usually completes 5 to 6 years of the General Surgery residency program after medical school. Specialized programs that a general surgeon must undergo to become a colon and rectal surgeon generally take 1 to 2 more years. In all, a colorectal surgeon has undergone a minimum of 14 years of formal classroom education and practical training before becoming certified.
A colorectal surgeon that is certified by either the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland or American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery must have proficiency in diagnosing and treating the following conditions:
Inflammatory bowel disease
Diverticular Disease of Colon
Colonic Cancer and Polyps
Endoscopy of the colon and rectum
Rigid and flexible sigmoidoscopy
Intestinal and anorectal physiology