Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques for Colorectal Conditions


As a colorectal surgeon, I understand that the prospect of colorectal surgery can be overwhelming. However, there are some exciting advancements in our field that have revolutionized the way we treat colorectal conditions. Thanks to minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as laparoscopic and robotic surgery, surgeons can now offer more efficient, precise, and patient-friendly solutions. In this blog post, I will introduce and explain these innovative procedures, providing you with valuable insights and helping you make informed decisions alongside your healthcare provider. Laparoscopic Surgery Laparoscopic surgery has rapidly gained popularity in the field of colorectal surgery. It involves the use [...]

Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques for Colorectal Conditions2023-06-29T17:02:23-04:00

The 5 stages of colon cancer


The main purpose of categorizing or “staging” colon cancer is to provide doctors assistance in making decisions regarding the best treatment methods for their patients. The stage of colon cancer refers to how far the cancer has spread at the time of its identification. There are five main stages of colon cancer, ranging from stage 0 (very early cancer) to stage 4, with the higher numbers indicating a more serious spread of cancer. The stages are differentiated by the degree to which the cancer has spread and are based upon three criteria: Primary tumor - the degree to which the [...]

The 5 stages of colon cancer2022-09-08T23:52:29-04:00

Do you have anal warts? How to avoid and treat them


What are anal warts? Anal warts are a condition affecting the anus and lower rectum. They are a type of genital wart that present first as small spots or growths but can increase in size to large growths that can cover the entire anal area. What are the symptoms of anal warts? Often found in and around the anal area, anal warts may not be noticed at first because their symptoms are often mild and without significant pain or discomfort. However, there are a few symptoms to keep an eye out for including: A cauliflower patterned growth or growths in [...]

Do you have anal warts? How to avoid and treat them2022-09-08T23:52:11-04:00

What are colon polyps, and are all polyps cancerous?


You go in for your routine colonoscopy. While there, your doctor mentions that they found some polyps. But what exactly are polyps, and are they normal or dangerous? Colon polyps are small growths of tissue that project from the lining of a section of the large intestine. They can vary in size and number, meaning you may have just one or you could also have several, big or small. It really depends! About 15–40% of adults in the United States have colon polyps. However, they are most common in older adults and men. It is important to get screened because [...]

What are colon polyps, and are all polyps cancerous?2022-09-08T23:51:33-04:00

5 Warning Signs & Symptoms of Colon Cancer


What is colon cancer? Colon cancer is the presence of cancerous tumors in the large intestine, the final part of the digestive tract. Colon cancer usually begins with the development of precancerous polyps in the colon. If left undiagnosed, these polyps can become malignant. This is why scheduling a colonoscopy is so important. When polyps are detected early, they can be removed, decreasing the risk of colon cancer developing. Let’s dive into some of the top warning signs & symptoms of colon cancer. 1. A change in bowel movements A change in bowel movement includes several different things. It can [...]

5 Warning Signs & Symptoms of Colon Cancer2022-06-16T19:07:46-04:00

Dr. Lynn O’Connor in the News: Colon cancer took Chadwick Boseman’s life.


"We lost a real hero. And there are a lot more cases out there." Just like the rest of the world, I was completely shocked to learn that Chadwick Boseman had passed away from colon cancer. Emma McIntyre / Getty Images for MTV file It was a devastating loss for the Black community, especially- the characters he played on screen celebrated Black excellence and served as a role model to so many. Unfortunately, rates of colorectal cancer among young people have been continuing to rise over the past fewer years. It's why the American Cancer Society has now [...]

Dr. Lynn O’Connor in the News: Colon cancer took Chadwick Boseman’s life.2020-09-11T21:09:52-04:00

Colon Cancer Screening Could Save Your Life


The key to fighting colorectal cancer is catching it early. Screening is the best way to find signs of cancer in your body. Scheduling and preparing for a colonoscopy can seem intimidating or maybe even scary, but it's nothing to be afraid of! Putting off a colon screening can do you more harm than good. In this video, Dr. O'Connor discusses the importance of colon cancer screening from her conversation on BlackDoctor.org with Nurse Alice Benjamin and Dr. Scott Metcalfe from Bravo's Married to Medicine. https://youtu.be/SIOuNA8wQqk   Transcription Dr. Lynn O'Connor: You want to get it early on, and [...]

Colon Cancer Screening Could Save Your Life2020-09-10T19:11:25-04:00
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