Colorectal Surgery

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Colorectal surgeons at Baystate Health specialize in minimally invasive techniques to treat colon, rectal, and anal conditions—including fecal incontinence, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and colon cancer.

With extensive experience and the latest minimally invasive techniques, Baystate’s surgeons prioritize your health, comfort, and quality of life.

Quality Care for Your Quality of Life

If you need colorectal surgery because of cancer or a benign (non-cancerous) condition, you want a specialist in colon and rectal surgery. Our colorectal surgery team is the largest group of specialists in conditions of the colon, rectum and anus in western Massachusetts.

You deserve the very best care. And you'll find that close to home, at Baystate Health.

Our collaborative approach to care means that your surgeon is part of a comprehensive team of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and genetic counselors, as well as doctors from other specialties—such as gastroenterology, radiation therapy, oncology, urology, and urogynecology. Everyone works together to find the right treatment for you.

We bring together advanced treatments with:

  • Coordinated, comprehensive care: All specialists, tests, and procedures are available at every location
  • Outstanding outcomes: Our team approach means successful outcomes for our patients

Specialized Team at Baystate Medical Center

Our board-certified colon and rectal surgery team at Baystate Medical Center offers a level of expertise and knowledge that is unique to our geographic region, and we have a combined experience of more than 40 years treating colorectal disease.

We believe in treating our patients with compassion, honesty and respect. We strive to listen closely to your concerns, to promptly and thoughtfully diagnose your conditions, and to provide you with detailed information about your treatment options to allow you to make the very best informed decisions.

Our colon and rectal surgery specialists are double board-certified in colon and rectal surgery as well as general surgery. We have trained at colorectal specialty centers, and we are members of the American College of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. We offer minimally invasive surgery for colon and rectal conditions, which allows patients to recover from surgery more quickly and with less pain. 

Surgeons at Baystate don’t just perform surgery—they also teach it. Baystate Medical Center is an academic medical center and training site for the — the regional campus of the state's only private medical school. UMass Chan includes ten academic departments, including surgery. Our surgeons are training the surgeons of tomorrow, so you can expect the highest standard of care.

Colon, Rectal, and Anal Disorders

Colorectal surgeons at Baystate are experienced in treating a variety of conditions, including:

Treatments and Procedures

Innovations in colorectal surgery, combined with our surgeons’ experience, mean fewer complications and a greater quality of life after your surgery.

Advances include minimally invasive surgical techniques (laparoscopic and robotic), ostomy bag alternatives, and procedures that help you keep normal bowel functions. For example, our surgeons use sphincter-sparing treatments whenever possible to give colorectal cancer patients the ability to pass bowel movements naturally, without an ostomy bag, after surgery.

Procedures we offer include:

  • Robotic and laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery
  • Partial or total resection of the colon or rectum (colectomy, proctectomy)
  • Ostomy (ileostomy and colostomy) creation and reversal
  • Ileal pouch anal anastomosis (J-pouch)
  • Hemorrhoid surgery including hemorrhoidectomy (removal) and hemorrhoid banding
  • Internal sphincterotomy for anal fissure
  • Sacral neuromodulation / nerve stimulation therapy for fecal incontinence
  • Rectal prolapse surgery including rectal resection
  • Anal fistula surgery in cluding fistulotomy and anal advancement flap
  • Removal of anal condyloma (warts) and anal dysplasia

Dr. Daniel Fish Shares What Motivates Him

"Helping people is what gets me out of bed in the morning," says the colorectal surgeon.

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