Colorectal Center

Colorectal Center

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Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment

Cancer of the colon or rectum (colorectal cancer) usually develops slowly, over several years. Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths overall, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Still, the death rate from colorectal cancer has been dropping for more than 20 years because of better detection and treatment. Take this simple assessment to learn about your risks for colorectal cancer.

What is your sex?
Do you get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days?
Are you a vegetarian?
The average American gets approximately 40 percent of calories from fat. Would you estimate that your diet consists of LESS THAN 30 percent of calories from fat?
Do you drink more than 14 alcoholic beverages per week? One alcoholic beverage is considered to be one 12-ounce bottle or can of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.
What is your smoking history?
Do you have a parent, sibling, or child who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer?
Please check the box if you have ever been diagnosed with:


Are you suffering in silence?

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As many as 1 in 13 adults have problems with bowel control and about half of the population has hemorrhoids by age 50. These problems are rarely discussed and may have a dramatic impact on quality of life. Many people incorrectly assume they are a normal consequence of aging or are normal problems for women after childbirth.

The Colorectal Center at Broward Health Coral Springs is your local resource for colorectal solutions. We are committed to excellence and to providing cutting edge, innovative and improved surgical techniques in order to maximize patient results.

What disease specialties are included in a Colorectal Center?
Our comprehensive program includes physicians and a WOCN (Wound, Ostomy, Continence) advanced registered nurse practitioner specializing in the following:

What makes up your Colorectal Center?
Our colon and rectal specialists are fully trained surgeons with board certification in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of benign and malignant colon and rectal conditions. We are focused on helping you achieve comfort through accurate diagnosis, specialized treatment and follow-up care. Emphasis is placed on the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer via screening and surveillance programs. Special attention is given to the family history to assess for a possible genetic-familial component to colorectal cancer and polyps including genetic counseling and testing. Minimally invasive laparoscopic colon resections are also available for both benign conditions such as diverticulitis and Crohn's disease as well as for cancer in order to minimize postoperative pain and allow earlier return to work and daily activities. The colorectal program also has specialized ultrasound capability to accurately diagnose rectal cancer and polyps.

Specialty treatments include:

PROCEDURE FOR PROLAPSE HEMORRHOIDS (PPH)
Individuals suffering from hemorrhoids now have access to a minimally invasive procedure called Procedure for Prolapsed Hemorrhoids (PPH). Typically, there is much less pain from hemorrhoid surgery with this approach.

What does the procedure involve?
This procedure involves lifting the hemorrhoidal tissue and placing it back where it belongs – in the original anatomical position. The blood flow to the internal and external hemorrhoids reduces, causing the hemorrhoids to shrink within four to six weeks after the procedure. This same-day surgical procedure is usually performed in 25 to 30 minutes. Patients are under IV sedation and receive local anesthesia for the surgery site. They go home an hour or two following the procedure, experience some discomfort for a few days, and usually can return to work within a week.

How is the PPH Procedure different from other methods of treating hemorrhoids?
Until recently, there were only two major methods of hemorrhoid removal. The surgeon would either remove the affected tissue with a scalpel during a hemorrhoidectomy or tighten tiny rubber bands around the affected area to cut off its blood supply.

Who is a candidate?
Before considering surgery, patients are treated with different medications and a high fiber diet and told not to strain. Physicians grade hemorrhoids on a scale of one to four, with four being the worst. Usually grade one and grade two can be treated with medications, but when a patient reaches grade three and grade four, most of the time surgery is recommended.

OSTOMY PROGRAM
The terms ostomy and stoma are general descriptive terms that are often used to describe a surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of body wastes. Successful planning and management of ostomy surgery provides patients the opportunity to lead full, normal, and productive lives. Approximately 750,000 Americans are living with an ostomy and an estimated 75,000 new surgeries are performed each year.

At Broward Health Coral Springs, a board certified wound ostomy continence nurse practitioner and two board certified colon and rectal surgeons are available for consultation as needed. Learn more about the Ostomy Program »

For more information, or a free physician referral, call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.

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