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Colon and Rectal Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgical Approaches

Overview

The colorectal surgeons at Tufts Medical Center will work with you and your referring physician to determine the best approach to use if surgery is needed. Because our doctors are at the top of their field, we are able to offer patients a range of techniques, including minimally invasive and robotic surgeries.

Labparotomy – Open Abdominal Surgery

Open abdominal surgery is performed when a surgeon makes a long incision to repair or remove abdominal organs. This approach is preferred for a number of complex procedures or in patients with extensive scar tissue and adhesions.

The Colorectal Minimally Invasive Surgery Center

The Colorectal Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at Tufts Medical Center offers advanced surgical procedures that are performed without a large incision. The minimally invasive surgeries that our physicians perform include laparoscopy, robotic surgery and Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM).

Laparoscopic and Robotic Colon and Rectal Surgery

Our Division has performed several hundred laparoscopic colon and rectal surgeries. We use this minimally invasive technique for most abdominal problems that need surgical treatment.

Laparoscopic surgery has a number of advantages over open surgery including smaller incisions, less pain and a faster recovery time. It is often used for eligible patients with Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, polyps, rectal prolapse, ulcerative colitis and some colon and rectal cancers.

Another minimally invasive technique that our surgeons use is robotic surgery. By using the robot, our surgeons are able to offer patients who need colon or rectal resections an option that results in even less discomfort and time spent in the hospital.

Robotic surgery works best when the problem and operation are focused on one side of the abdomen. Examples of these operations include right hemicolectomies, left hemicolectomies, sigmoid resections and low anterior resections.

Learn more about these surgical approaches by downloading the Abdominal Surgery brochure.

Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery

Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM) is a minimally invasive surgery that is used for the surgical treatment of large rectal polyps and early cancers. Our surgeons use this technique on lesions or polyps in the mid and upper rectum without making an incision through the abdomen, using specially designed instruments that allow the procedure to be done through the anus and in the rectum. TEM is a low risk surgery with a short recovery time, which allows patients with cancer to move on to treatment for metastatic disease quickly.

Doctors + Care Team

Lilian  Chen, MD

Lilian Chen, MD

Title(s): Colon and Rectal Surgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6190
Fax #: 617-636-6110

Minimally invasive and robotic surgery, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, anorectal disease, rectal prolapse and sacral nerve stimulator for fecal incontinence

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Martin D. Goodman, MD

Martin D. Goodman, MD

Title(s): Surgeon; Director, Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-9248
Fax #: 617-636-9095

General surgery, advanced abdominal tumors, peritoneal surface malignancies, hepatobiliary/pancreatic/colorectal minimally invasive surgical oncology

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James Yoo, MD

James Yoo, MD

Title(s): Chief, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6190
Fax #: 617-636-6110

Minimally invasive surgery, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

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Contact Us

Call us at 617-636-6190 for more information, to discuss treatment options or to make an appointment.