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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Patients who are at risk for cancer, have a suspected cancer, or have a diagnosed cancer may need some type of surgery. Their care team will discuss when they need surgery and what their options are so that they can decide what is best for them.
  • Colonoscopy

    Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the lining of the colon (large intestine) for abnormalities using a long, flexible tube and camera. A colonoscopy looks for signs of colon or rectal cancer and evaluates symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding and unexplained weight loss.
  • Colostomy

    Colostomy is an opening in the abdominal wall (called a stoma) through which the end of the large intestine (colon) is brought. Instead of through the anus, the bowels empty through the stoma into a bag attached to the abdomen.
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery

    Hemorrhoid surgery is a treatment to surgically remove hemorrhoids. There are many options for removing hemorrhoids, depending on whether they are inside or out of the anus. Hemorrhoid treatment options include cutting out the hemorrhoid or stapling the hemorrhoid to cut off blood flow. Another option is hemorrhoid banding, which uses a rubber band to cut off blood flow into the hemorrhoid.
  • Ileostomy is an opening in the belly wall, made during surgery, that is used to remove waste from the body when the colon or rectum is not working correctly. Before the ileostomy, the surgeon may remove all of the colon and rectum, or just part of the small intestine.
  • During a laparoscopic procedure, a surgeon makes small incisions in the abdomen to insert a scope (a small, thin tube fitted with a camera) and other surgical tools. Surgeons use laparoscopy to diagnose and treat many conditions.
  • Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that surgeons use. The technique allows for smaller incisions and more precise movements during surgery, which benefits patients.
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation

    Sacral nerve stimulation is used to treat urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence: A doctor implants a small device under the patient's skin (near the bottom of the spine) to stimulate the nerves that control bladder function or bowel movements.
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery

    Transanal endoscopic microsurgery is a procedure performed entirely through the anus and rectum. It can be used instead of abdominal surgery to remove certain large polyps and smaller cancers from the middle and upper rectum. Most patients go home the same day and can return to normal activities within two weeks.