Atlanta Colon & Rectal Surgery offers a wide variety of colorectal procedural services from screening, surveillance, and diagnosis to minor office treatments to surgical interventions. Our accomplished surgeons perform state of the art procedures and are facile with the newest, as well as tried and true, colorectal technologies. They consistently meet the highest quality and safety standards, and are well-known and respected by their peers for their procedural outcomes.
Patients undergoing procedures with ACRS are not only educated on their condition and procedural options but experience a personalized level of service. Each patient will have the opportunity to personally meet with a surgical coordinator who will facilitate the scheduling of the procedure, provide preparation instructions, and answer any questions about the scheduling process. Our physicians are always available for any follow-up issues or concerns.
The surgeons of Atlanta Colon & Rectal Surgery treat the entire breadth of diseases of the colon and rectum. This includes colon and rectal cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis as well as many other benign and malignant conditions. Often, these disorders require abdominal surgery. After thorough evaluation by our physicians, multiple treatment options may be recommended. As the largest, most experienced, and most advanced colon and rectal surgical practice in the Southeast, our surgeons offer every surgical option available. This often includes minimally invasive approaches allowing smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery.
Anorectal disease, grouped together, is the most common medical affliction of people in the United States. The most common of these are hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, and pruritus. These conditions cause pain, bleeding, discharge, and a generalized unsettled feeling that patients are constantly and inconveniently sensing. Part and parcel of these maladies is a reluctance to discuss the issue with friends, family, and even regular physicians. Here at Atlanta Colon & Rectal Surgery we are acutely aware of the delicate and sensitive nature of disease in this area of the body. Our physicians are the regional experts in these diseases and can differentiate these conditions after a single office visit, discussion of a thorough history of the problem, and brief gentle examination. Our patients are greatly relieved that their problem can be diagnosed and a simple, definitive, and long lasting treatment offered and planned with just this single visit.
InterStim Therapy is a treatment option for people who suffer from bowel incontinence or the inability to control their waste. Bowel incontinence can be a debilitating and distressing condition. InterStim Therapy may be an option for those who have not had success with other treatment options such as dietary modification, medication, or in some cases, more invasive surgical options like sphincter repair.
InterStim Therapy is a proven neuromodulation therapy that targets the communication problem between the brain and the nerves that control bowel function. If those nerves are not communicating correctly, the bowel and sphincter muscle will not function properly. InterStim uses an implantable, stopwatch-size device that emits a continuous, very mild electrical pulse through a wire to stimulate sacral nerves, which strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and sphincter complex. The electrical impulse is painless and the patient is not aware of this activity.
InterStim is the only bowel control treatment option that is reversible allowing patients and physicians to determine probable success of the therapy through a test stimulation procedure prior to committing to long-term therapy. Before implanting the InterStim device, patients participate in a 7-14 day trial of a wearable, external version to see if the nerve stimulation works for them. If the stimulation is successful over the course of the trial period, a surgeon implants a permanent device under the skin in the lower back. The recent 5-year results have been reported that 85% of patients report good to excellent control of their bowel and a significant elevation in their quality-of-life scores after implantation.
The surgeons of Atlanta Colon and Rectal Surgeons have been the pioneers in this innovative technology and have treated many patients that have regained control of their lives.
Fecal incontinence is an annoying, embarrassing condition that can severely limit the lifestyle of patients suffering from this affliction. When patients finally seek help at the offices of Atlanta Colon & Rectal Surgery, they are surprised at how common this problem is and the many treatment options available. One of the newest and easiest treatments involves the application of bulky agents to the sphincter muscles to make them stronger and function better. ACRS physicians are at the forefront of this new technology and are the leaders in application in the Atlanta Metro area. The procedure is done in the office, no anesthesia is required, it takes less than five minutes, and is essentially painless. Two-year follow up shows overall, significant improvement in approximately two-thirds of patients who receive this therapy.
The surgeons of ACRS are recognized as national leaders in robotic and laparoscopic surgery. Minimally-invasive surgery allows patients who require surgery a shorter hospital stay, less discomfort and earlier return to work. Both robotic surgery and laparoscopy offer minimally-invasive approaches to abdominal surgery. Minimally invasive surgical techniques can be used to treat colon and rectal cancer, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and other benign and malignant abdominal disorders. After thorough evaluation, our surgeons can offer minimally invasive options for abdominal surgery when it is appropriate for the individual patient.