What is Anorectal Surgery?
Anorectal surgery is a surgical procedure to treat anal and rectal conditions and cancer, generally by the removal (resection) of a portion of the anus, rectum, and/or part of the sigmoid colon.
Who Needs Anorectal Surgery?
There is a wide range of conditions that can be treated with anorectal surgery and can include anastomosis, incontinence, cancer removal, or any other negative conditions of the anus and/or rectum.
Who Performs Anorectal Surgery?
Anorectal surgery will be performed by a colon and rectal surgeon. The surgery will not be performed by your gastroenterologist, however, gastroenterologists and GI surgeons often work together very closely.
What Should I Do to Prepare for Anorectal Surgery?
Prior to anorectal surgery, general tests such as blood work, and other general diagnostics will be performed to ensure that the surgery goes smoothly. Additionally, it is necessary for the bowel to be “cleaned out” prior to anorectal surgery with a fluid drink given to you by your doctor. It is important to follow your doctor’s specific preparation instructions closely.