Proctology includes a wide range of procedures that can treat conditions affecting the lower digestive tract. A proctologist is a medical doctor specialized in treating diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus. These highly-specialized physicians are also known as colorectal surgeons, although they are experts in both surgical and non-surgical treatment.
When to visit a proctologist
Your primary care provider or other specialist can refer you to see a proctologist for problems such as bloody stool, increasing constipation or other changes in bowel habits. Our board-certified proctologist treats the following conditions:
- Anal fissure – a tear in the anal canal
- Anal fistula – an abnormal connection between two body structures
- Anal skin tags
- Rectal bleeding
- Rectal pain
- Anal itching (pruritus ani)
- Constipation, diarrhea, stool incontinence
If your physician has recommended surgery for any major colorectal issue, our proctologist can be consulted to help you understand your surgical options and determine if surgery is the best option for you.
Mercer Medicine’s office-based proctology practice offers hemorrhoid banding and removal of anal skin tags, in addition to diagnostic consults.