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Division of Surgical Oncology
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Located within a world-class academic medical center, the Colorectal Surgery Program offers state-of-the-art surgical services for conditions affecting the colon, rectum, intestinal tract, and perianal area.
Our colorectal surgeons specialize in performing colon and rectal surgery. This specialization requires rigorous advanced training and a highly focused clinical practice dedicated to colorectal disease management. Our surgeons are board-certified, Harvard Medical School-affiliated physicians who perform some of the highest volumes of colorectal surgery and laparoscopic colorectal surgery in New England. Research demonstrates that high-volume experience results in improved outcomes for patients. In addition to holding leadership positions in preeminent surgical organizations, each of our surgeons is a member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
As part of our approach to care, we work closely with specialists from the Digestive Healthcare Center, Pelvic Floor Disorders Center and Cancer Center, as well as gastroenterolgists, gastrointestinal and interventional radiologists, endoscopists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologists, physical therapists, neurologists and other colorectal specialists throughout Massachusetts General Hospital. Whether your condition requires care from one specialist or an entire team, we work together to develop a personalized care plan to treat your condition.
Mass General is a major referral center for the full range of colorectal conditions, such as:
We provide a full range of colorectal surgical procedures, the most common of which include:
Colectomy: a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the colon (large intestine). The colon is a long tube-like organ at the end of the digestive tract. This procedure may be necessary to treat or prevent diseases of the colon.
Proctectomy: a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the rectum, which is the last part of the colon (large intestine). The rectum is surrounded by many important pelvic organs which may be preserved during surgery. This procedure may leave a patient with a permanent or temporary stoma (an opening on the surface of the abdomen that helps feces and urine flow out of the body). The colorectal surgeons at Mass General are focused on sphincter (muscle closing an opening such as the anus or stomach) sparing procedures.
Colectomies and proctectomies can be performed by open (traditional), laparoscopic (minimally invasive) or robotic surgery. Your physician will determine which type of surgery is best for you.
Laparoscopic surgery for benign and malignant conditions: A minimally invasive alternative to open surgery that allows us to remove abnormalities via small incisions
Our high volume of colectomies and proctectomies — and skilled team of highly rated colorectal surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and pathologists— help us to attain expected results in treating patients with conditions of the colon (large intestine). Patients at Mass General have fewer complications compared to the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) norms. Learn more about Mass General’s surgical outcomes for colectomy and proctectomy compared to national data.
For questions about colorectal surgery or to make an appointment, please call 617-643-5166 (DHC Colorectal Center access coordinator). If your insurance plan requires you to obtain a referral from your primary care physician, please obtain it before making your appointment.
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Colectomy Case Volumes See how Mass General’s colectomy case volumes are higher compared to the national average per hospital.
Proctectomy Case Volumes See how Mass General’s proctectomy case volumes are higher compared to the national average per hospital.
Patient Ratings of Colorectal Surgeons See how Mass General’s colorectal surgery patients rate their doctors.
Colorectal Length of Stay See how Mass General’s colorectal length of stay compared to the national average.
Colectomy Outcomes See how Mass General’s colectomy outcomes compared to the national average.
Proctectomy Outcomes See how Mass General’s proctectomy outcomes compared to the national average.
Colorectal cancer is malignant cells found in the colon or rectum.
We welcome patients with a new or existing colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy, and their family and friends, to monthly meetings of the Massachusetts General Hospital Ostomy Support Group.
Learn more about general anesthesia in this educational video.
Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery
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