Dr. Maher Abbas is an American Board Certified Colon and Rectal Surgeon who performs the latest and most advanced procedures to treat conditions affecting the small intestine, colon, rectum, and anus. He is a leader in minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery. With over 14,000 operations and procedures experience, he provides state of the art treatment to his patients.
What are minimally invasive proctologic procedures?
Proctology is a field in medicine that deals with diseases of the rectum and anus. A variety of conditions can affect this delicate and sensitive area of the body. Hemorrhoids (piles), Anal Fistula, and Anal Fissure are the most common types of proctologic disorders. Although these conditions are not life threatening, they are a nuisance to the patient and they often negatively impact the quality of life.
Proctologic surgery has been performed for over a century and is very effective at treating proctologic disorders such as hemorrhoids, fistula, and fissure. However most of these traditional techniques can be associated with a prolonged recovery. Recently several newer minimally invasive techniques have been introduced to enhance the patient’s recovery and to expedite healing time. Some of these procedures are performed in the clinic with minimal discomfort (Minimally Invasive Procedures for Hemorrhoids and Minimally Invasive Procedures for Anal Fissure). Some minimally invasive procedures require high precision laser equipment or videoscopic technology. Such procedures are performed in the operating room under an anesthetic for patient comfort (Minimally Invasive Procedures for Fistula and Videoscopic Surgery). Patients undergoing minimally invasive proctologic procedures can go home the same day or in some cases have a brief overnight stay.
What are the advantages of minimally invasive proctologic procedures?
Minimally invasive proctologic procedures can be equally as effective as traditional proctologic surgery in select groups of patients. The advantages of such techniques include the following:
- Faster recovery
- Faster return to work [most patients can resume work within one to seven days depending on the nature of the procedure]
- Fewer short and long-term complications
- Less pain
- No blood loss
- No need for hospitalization in most patients
- No wounds or smaller incisions compared to traditional surgery
If needed, minimally invasive procedures, especially those that are office based, can be safely repeated more than once to enhance their initial effect.
Who is a candidate for minimally invasive proctologic procedures?
The success of minimally invasive proctologic procedures depends on proper patient selection. While most patients can benefit from minimally invasive interventions, some patients are better served by other types of proctologic surgery. The surgeon’s experience and judgment are key for a successful outcome. The type of doctor who deals with proctologic disorders is called a proctologist or colorectal surgeon. Such doctor has extensive knowledge in the treatment of all proctologic conditions. It is important to seek the services of a proctologist or colorectal surgeon as often many patients can be treated with medications without the need for a procedure or surgery. Furthermore, when a surgical procedure is indicated, the expertise of the surgeon can make a huge difference for the patient by choosing the appropriate intervention based on the patient’s symptoms and findings.
Dr. Maher Abbas is an American board-certified colorectal surgeon with special interest in proctologic disorders. To date he has treated thousands of patients with proctologic disorders. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maher Abbas to discuss whether minimally invasive proctologic procedures are an option for you, click here. If you have previously undergone any operation or tests related to your condition, kindly bring all outside reports for Dr. Maher Abbas to review the day of your consultation.