Colon & Rectal Surgery
A colon and rectal surgeon is trained to diagnose and treat various diseases of the intestinal tract, colon, rectum, anal canal and perianal area by medical and surgical means. This specialist also deals with other organs and tissues (such as the liver, urinary and female reproductive system) involved with primary intestinal disease. Source: American Board of Medical Specialties, 2007. www.abms.org [7/1/2007: added definition, added source]
Additional Resources: American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2007. http://www.abcrs.org/.
Board certification for Medical Doctors (MDs) is provided by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
Colon and rectal surgeons have the expertise to diagnose and often manage anorectal conditions such as hemorrhoids, fissures (painful tears in the anal lining), abscesses and fistulae (infections located around the anus and rectum) in the office setting. They also treat problems of the intestine and colon, and perform endoscopic procedures to evaluate and treat problems such as cancer, polyps (precancerous growths) and inflammatory conditions.