Benign Conditions of the Colon
Colon polyps are usually detected and removed through a colonoscopy procedure. The surgeons at Mount Sinai treat polyps by using a wire that simultaneously removes the polyp and gently burns their base to prevent bleeding. Polyps that are too large or cannot be safely removed through this procedure may be surgically removed, usually through minimally invasive techniques. It is important to have these polyps removed and analyzed in order to determine if cancer is present.
Virtually all colon and rectal cancers begin as benign polyps. Detection and removal of these polyps will prevent cancer from forming, so it is of vital importance that everyone, beginning at age 50, has periodic screening via colonoscopy or other similar techniques. Your doctor will recommend which tests are appropriate for you and how often they should be done.
Rectal Prolapse is condition that occurs when the rectum falls completely outside of the body due to lack of internal support. Surgery is usually necessary to treat a prolapsed rectum. Depending on many factors, including overall condition of the patient and patient preference, the surgeons at Mount Sinai can perform an abdominal procedure (often with laparoscopic techniques) or a rectal procedure where there are no incisions made anywhere outside the body.
The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery
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