Colorectal Surgery

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Cal Med Docs Colorectal Surgeon

Colorectal surgery is a branch of medicine that focuses on disorders of the rectum, anus and colon. Cal Med’s colorectal surgeon is one of just a few currently available in the greater Inland Empire area.

The services provided and conditions treated by Cal Med’s colorectal surgeon are:

  • Anal Abscess
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Condyloma
  • Anal Fistula
  • Appendiceal Tumors/Cancer
  • Bowel incontinence (Fecal Incontinence)
  • Colitis
  • Colon Resection
  • Colon Tumors
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Conditions
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Diverticulitis (Colonic Diverticulitis)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis
  • Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Pilonidal Disease
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS)

What is colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer affects the colon, a six-foot long tube that connects your small intestine to your rectum, and the rectum, an eight-inch chamber that joins the colon to the anus.

Your large intestine, which consists of the colon and the rectum, is an important organ that processes waste to empty the bowels. The colon takes away water from the stool and stashes the solid stool before emptying it into the rectum.

When the cells that line the colon or rectum become abnormal, it eventually evolves into a tumor, i.e. a colorectal cancer.

Here are some of the most common symptoms to look out for regarding colorectal cancer:

  • If you see any blood in your rectum
  • If you experience consistent constipation or diarrhea in your bowel movements
  • If you feel bloated in your stomach
  • If you suddenly have the urge for a bowel movement, or having a hard time emptying your bowels
  • If you lose a lot of weight unexpectedly and/or have no appetite

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Types of colorectal cancer

Colorectal adenocarcinoma, the most common colorectal cancer is adenocarcinoma of the colon and rectum. Here how this long word is broken down: adeno refers to the glands and carcinoma is a type of cancer in the epithelial cells on the surface of your body, internally and externally. This cancer grows in the lining of your large intestine and can spread to other layers. One of the subtypes of adenocarcinoma is mucinous adenocarcinoma, which is roughly 60% mucus. This form of cancer accounts for up to 15% of all rectal and colon adenocarcinomas can spread very quickly and is known to be more aggressive than typical adenocarcinomas.

The remaining possible colon and rectum adenocarcinomas include:

Gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors start in nerve cells that regulate hormone production. These tumors grow slowly, often in the lungs and/or gastrointestinal tract. They are the cause of only 1% of all colorectal cancers but half of all cancers found in the small intestine.

Primary colorectal lymphomas are a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that grows in lymphocytes, white blood cells that are crucial in fighting infections.

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors are fairly rare and develop in a cell within the lining of the gastrointestinal tract with over 50% developing in the stomach.

Leiomyosarcomas are another form of sarcoma while Melanomas are more commonly associated with skin cancer.

Why Choose Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons?

Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons is a premier surgical provider group whose mission is to offer the highest quality health care to residents of the Inland Empire.

Formerly known as Arrowhead Community Surgical Medical Group, Inc., Cal Med is a unique group with approximately 35 licenses and board certified surgeons including neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists, ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists, oral, vascular and general surgeons.

Our surgeons serve as the main surgical providers (except for orthopedics) at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, including in the level 2 trauma center and regional burn center, and provide surgical services at Community Hospital of San Bernardino and Redlands Community Hospital. Our neurosurgeons provide services not only at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, but also at Riverside University Health System Medical Center and Desert Regional Medical Center.

Our president, Dev Gnanadev, M.D., is an associate medical director and chairman of the surgery department at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

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