The Colorectal Center at Broward Health is committed to excellence and to providing cutting edge, innovative and improved surgical techniques in order to maximize patient results. That’s why Broward Health Coral Springs was the first in Florida to obtain Joint Commission certification for our minimally-invasive colorectal surgery and ostomy program.
As many as 1 in 13 adults have problems with bowel control, and about half of the population has hemorrhoids by the age 50. These problems are rarely discussed and may have a dramatic impact on quality of life or could even lead to colon cancer. Many people incorrectly assume they are a normal consequence of aging or are normal problems for women after childbirth.
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.
Our Colorectal Center has expert physicians and a WOCN (Wound, Ostomy, and Continence) advanced registered nurse practitioner on staff, specializing in the following:
- Colon Cancer (laparoscopic and open resection)
- Fecal Incontinence
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease)
- Ostomy care
- Rectal prolapse
- Rectal bleeding
- Anal fissures, fistulas
- Anal itching and/or pain
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. 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.Ostomy Program
The terms ostomy and stoma are general descriptive terms 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. The Ostomy Program provides pre- and post-operative care in the following areas:
- Developing individualized rehabilitative care that is essential to facilitating the patient’s return to a productive lifestyle
- Assessment and evaluation
- Teaching and counseling
- Stoma site marking
- Selection of appropriate pouching system
- Care and correction of problems associated with difficult stomas
- Skin protection and maintenance
- Dietary management
- Consultation with a physician as needed
- Ostomy support group
For additional information or to schedule a class prior to your surgery, please call 954-346-4223 or 954-344-7429.Click HERE to view the Colorectal Patient Guide Book.
Referral and consultation with Broward Health Coral Springs Board Certified (WOCN) Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) may be obtained for a $50 facility fee. For an appointment, please call 954-344-3094.
The Latest Technology
The da Vinci Xi® Surgical System, available at Broward Health Imperial Point, is a tool that utilizes advanced, robotic technologies to assist surgeons during operations. It does not act on its own, but is controlled by a robotic-trained surgeon. The da Vinci Xi® can be used across a broad spectrum of minimally-invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.
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