Colorectal Surgery in Texas

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What is colorectal surgery?

Colorectal surgery is a surgical subspecialty that concentrates on the treatment of conditions involving the colon, rectum, anus, pelvic floor, and small intestine. Typical conditions treated include hemorrhoids, colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening, diverticulitis, and cancer. Treatment options can include surgery, but often a non-surgical approach is more appropriate. If surgery is necessary, many procedures can be done with minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy or robotics.

A colorectal surgeon must first complete a general surgery training program, and then receive additional fellowship training in colorectal surgery. Most colorectal limit their practice to only colorectal conditions, but some continue to practice general surgery as well and will treat hernias, gallbladder disease, etc. If you need a colorectal surgeon, your gastroenterologist can refer you, or you can contact any of our Texas practice locations.

What conditions are treated by colorectal surgeons?

A patient may be referred to a colorectal surgeon to treat any number of diseases related to the Gl tract. Colon surgeons typically have a broad array of treatment options and may recommend surgical or non-surgical therapies. Common conditions that may be treated by a colorectal surgeon include:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Fistulas
  • Anal fissures
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Diverticulitis (a complication of diverticulosis)
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Pelvic floor disorders

Many of the above conditions can often be managed non-surgically with techniques such as office hemorrhoid treatments and pelvic floor physical therapy. Our Texas Gl specialists are ready to help you assess and understand your ideal options for treatment.

Is there a difference between a gastroenterologist and a colorectal surgeon?

Both gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons are physicians who address GI disorders. However, some differences exist between their education and scope of practice. Gastroenterologists are fully trained internal medicine specialists who have taken further training to sub-specialize in gastroenterology. Colorectal surgeons have fully completed a general surgery residency, and then completed additional sub-specialty training in colorectal surgery. Gastroenterologists focus primarily on the medical management of any disorder of the GI tract, whereas a colorectal surgeon primarily treats potentially surgical problems, either with a surgical or non-surgical approach, depending on the situation. Both specialties can perform colonoscopy, again, depending on the situation. Any of our providers can be located through the help of Texas Digestive Disease Consultants.

Should you require care from a colorectal surgeon, the team at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants can help. Our physician-led team of experienced gastroenterology specialists is dedicated to placing the needs of our patients first. If you are curious about colorectal surgery in Texas, please contact one of our practice locations to request a consultation.

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I have known Dr Joseph Holland for years. He is an outstanding Gastroenterologist. My Godmother was dying at age 87 and needed colon surgery. No one would touch her due to the severity Dr Holland operated on her with full recovery. She now lives with my family at age 94 with excellent health due to this Christian Doctor’s skill.

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I recently had a Robotic Sigmoidectomy due to recurrent Diverticulitis, performed by Dr. Araghizadeh. I would definitely recommend Dr. Araghizadeh to anyone and everyone needing any kind of colorectal surgery. Dr. Araghizadeh has the best bedside manner, takes his time with each and every patient, answers all questions and takes the time to make sure you’re completely comfortable and confident. I will definitely use him in the future should I have any further need for colorectal surgery. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Araghizadeh or recommend him enough! He is THE ABSOLUTE BEST!!

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Dr A is a very wonderful and caring doctor. He’s very skilled and experienced and his manner reflects this. He explained the procedure very well but did not over simplify. It is painful and there is a fairly long recovery. He must have a very difficult job because there is a lot of postoperative pain associated with colon and rectal surgery and people who are in pain tend to be irritable. He called me back very promptly on the weekend when I experienced vomiting and was very direct and accurate about the nature of the healing and the pain. So while I did not like the pain I was given the best possible care and feel that I was in excellent hands.

J.R. Google

Dr. an amazing colorectal surgeon. He walks you through every aspect of your process and it very precise in what to expect. I had a colorectal surgery in July and everything went great. He also had to do a second procedure to reverse my ostomy and the procedure and recover was so fast. He is a great doctor and I would high recommend him if you have to have a procedure.

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Dr. Smallwood was recommended by my brother, and I am so glad we decided to use him for my husbands colorectal surgery. Dr. Smallwood took care of him from the beginning and even to this day. Such a kind and compassionate person who, you can tell, loves what he does. He listened to all of our concerns and addressed them accordingly. I couldn't recommend him enough!

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