Colonoscopy: Up Your Chances of Finding Flat Polyps

It’s hard to say precisely how common flat polyps are because results are subject to variation between examiners and techniques. But doctors performing colonoscopies are finding them more easily and treating them more successfully as techniques improve. Today, the incidence of flat polyps hovers around 10 percent. Still, they too often go undetected and unrecognized … Read More

Colon Surgery Without a Single Cut: TEMS

What surgery is done without any incisions? People hear “surgery” and they think “scalpel” or “scar.” But today, there are surgeries that can be performed without one cut, such as transanal endoscopic microsurgery, or TEMS. This procedure is performed entirely through the anus and rectum and offers an effective, quick-recovery treatment to completely remove large … Read More

Removing a Colon Through a Belly Button

Not so long ago, surgeons needed to make a 10- or 15-inch incision in a person’s abdomen to remove a person’s colon. Today, a person’s entire large intestine and rectum (which make up the colon) can be removed leaving only a coin-sized scar hidden in a person’s belly button. In my practice, I remove one … Read More