The Division of Colorectal Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel offers a full range of the latest surgical techniques, working in close collaboration with gastroenterologists, gynecologists, urologists, plastic surgery and cancer specialists to ensure that surgery is a successful component of a comprehensive approach to care that may involve medications, radiation and other treatments.
Transanal excision is a technique used for rectal polyps and cancer to remove rectal tumors and small amounts of surrounding tissue that spares the anus and leaves the sphincter muscle intact. This procedure makes it possible for the patient to retain bowel function and eliminates the need for a permanent colostomy bag.
When it comes to treatments for hemorrhoids traditional, often successful and best-choice options include rubber band ligation (a band is placed around the hemorrhoid and it falls off in about a week, leaving a little scar, which seals the area) and hemorrhoidectomy (the hemorrhoid is cut out).
The division also offers a newer approach called stapled hemorrhoidopexy. A surgeon inserts a stapler through the anus, cuts out a portion of the hemorrhoid tissue, pushes back remaining tissue and tacks it back into the anal canal. This approach offers the advantages of hemorrhoidectomy, but eliminates the considerable pain associated with the more traditional surgery.
Fecal Incontinence Interventions
Solesta gel is injected into a layer of tissue beneath the anus lining and helps build tissue in that area, tightening the anus and allowing for better muscle control.
Anal Dysplasia Interventions
Patients suffering from gastrointestinal problems may need to undergo a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a test that allows a physician to examine the large intestine (rectum and colon). During the procedure, a flexible video endoscope is passed through the anus and guided through the rectum and colon to provide a diagnostic view of the lining of the colon and access for treatment. At the time of the procedure, tissue samples can be collected (this is called a biopsy) and abnormal growths (like polyps) can be taken out. Colonoscopy is frequently used as a screening test to check for cancer or precancerous growths in the colon or rectum (polyps).
For more information or to make an appointment with a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, please call 212.420.3960.