Colon and Rectal Surgery
Prevention and Care for Your Colon and Rectum
The colon or large intestine houses billions of bacteria. When your colon is healthy, these bacteria live in balance with your body, but when your colon is unhealthy, infection or inflammation can occur, leading to more serious conditions such as cancer. Our surgeons provide passionate and specialized care in all aspects of colon and rectal disease including ulcerative colitis, IBD, Crohn's disease and colon and rectal cancer.
The Augusta University Digestive Health Center cares for a number of conditions that can affect the lining of the colon and the rectum, including:
- Colon cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Polyps or small growths, typically precancerous
- Diverticular diseases, inflamed or infected areas of the colon
- Colonic bleeding, related to colon problems
- Inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or colitis
- Fecal Incontinence
- Chronic diarrhea
- Colorectal Adenoma
- Benign Anorectal disease, such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, perianal abscesses, pilonidal cysts, pruritis ani, and anal condyloma
Colonoscopies and Other Treatments
The experienced colon and rectal specialists at the Augusta University Digestive Health Center have completed thousands of colonoscopies. As they travel through a person’s body, our leading-edge scopes allow our physicians to visualize the colon in three dimensions, so that we can get a better picture of the colon’s interior, even where there are loops. This type of experience and technology ensures we are able to successfully complete more than 95 percent of our colonoscopies.
We follow the American College of Gastroenterology guidelines, which recommend that patients undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50. Patients with a family history or who are African-American should begin at age 45. Make sure to talk to your physician to find out which screening guidelines are best for you.
We also offer:
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy. This diagnostic procedure is similar to a colonoscopy but focuses on examining the rectum and the lower, or sigmoid, colon. It’s recommended that patients undergo sigmoidoscopy every five years starting at age 50.
- Polypectomy. This procedure involves passing a wire loop around a polyp and removing this precancerous or cancerous growth. This can be done in the stomach, small bowel, or colon. Advanced procedures such as saline-assisted polypectomy are also available.
- Fecal microbiota transplantation. Patients who have a serious infection of the colon caused by Clostridium difficile (C. diff) bacteria that does not respond to antibiotics may benefit from transplantation of stool from a healthy donor. Up to 90 percent of patients with C. diff infection improve with this treatment.
- Benign Anorectal Care. Procedures offered include hemorrhoid banding, incision and drainage of thrombosed hemorrhoids and abscesses. Topical treatment for anal condyloma is also available.
Meet Our Colon and Rectal Team
Dr. Alan J. Herline, colon and rectal surgery, minimally invasive and digestive disease surgery
Dr. Sumanth Daram, general gastroenterology/ advanced endoscopy
Dr. Satish Rao, colorectal disorders, anorectal disorders
Dr. Humberto Sifuentes, inflammatory bowel disease, general gastroenterology
Dr. Subbaramiah Sridhar, general gastroenterology/advanced endoscopy
Schedule Your Appointment Now
Schedule an online appointment or call 706-446-GUTS (4887) to speak to a member of our digestive health team.
Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy