to diagnose and provide treatment for disorders and diseases of the colon and rectum. These may include conditions such as incontinence, polyps, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids and similar complications.
Colorectal surgery is a specialized area of medicine concerned with the repair of damage to the rectum, colon, and anus, as well as treating other colorectal conditions and disorders. Damage to these areas that requires surgery can be caused by a variety of factors including cancers, inflammatory bowel disease, obstruction, various injuries and ischemia (restriction in blood supply), among others.
Colorectal surgeons are trained to perform a variety of diagnostic tests such as colonoscopies, defecating proctographies, proctoscopies, and sigmoidoscopies, among other testing procedures. After diagnosis, a variety of surgeries may be performed including polypectomies, colectomies, hemorrhoidectomies and ileo/colostomies, among others.
Aside from complications that cause colorectal injury as mentioned above, colorectal surgeons may treat numerous other disorders. These may include ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence, anal fissures, birth defects, rectal prolapse, Crohn’s disease, severe constipation, fistulas and other conditions affecting the colon, rectum and anus.
to perform a wide variety of surgeries and operations, mainly focusing on those concerning the abdomen and related organs and structures. Dr. Asgeirsson is trained to utilize minimally-invasive surgical techniques, reducing recovery time and stress on the patient's body.
General surgeons are trained to perform surgical operations on many different organs including the stomach, esophagus, pancreas, colon, gallbladder, bile ducts, liver and sometimes the thyroid gland, among others.
Some general surgeons may choose to pursue advanced training and education in further specialized areas of general surgery. These may include trauma surgery, vascular surgery, dermatological surgery, colorectal surgery or endocrine surgery, among other areas.
Although it is not mandatory to practice surgery, many general surgeons choose to pursue certification from the American Board of Surgery (ABS) in the area of “general surgery.” By becoming board-certified, physicians demonstrate a “commitment to lifelong learning and quality patient care.”