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Colorectal Surgery

Confronting Colorectal Disease

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country. It's a serious, even deadly disease, and cannot be left untreated.

Geisinger's colorectal surgeons are at the forefront of techniques that address the complexities of benign and malignant colon and rectal diseases. Tumors and large benign polyps grow in many directions, affecting not only the large and small intestine, but organs like the uterus, prostate or bladder.

Our colorectal surgeons have extensive experience in colon and rectum resection (removal of the diseased segment of the intestine or rectum). Their expertise enables them to preserve as much of the colon as possible and target surrounding lymph nodes for testing.

Serving as a key part of Geisinger's multidisciplinary Cancer Institute team, our colorectal surgeons are fellowship-trained in this subspecialty. Geisinger offers minimally invasive techniques for some early stage colon and rectum cancers.

From the surgical treatment of hemorrhoids to the most advanced metastatic (cancers that have spread to other organs) disease, our colorectal surgeons perform thousands of procedures every year. They also perform leading-edge treatments for several colorectal disorders such as fecal incontinence. That's experience you can count on.

Kristen Halm, MD, colorectal surgeon, describes fecal incontinence and an effective treatment option, Interstim Therapy®: