Colon Cancers, Hemorrhoids Treatment and Colorectal Surgery
In some cases, a patient may need a surgeon for problems related to their small bowel, colon or rectum. From a problem as common as hemorrhoids to the surgical management of cancer, our surgical team provides comprehensive, personalized solutions using state-of-the-art surgical techniques that minimize the impact of treatment on the patient and result in the shortest recovery time possible.
We are large group of physician specialists that provide care to patients with colorectal conditions. Our surgeons are fellowship trained are teaching faculty at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where they also pursue a multitude of research interests.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Colon cancer screening detects precancerous lesions in the colon so that they can be treated before they become cancerous. Colonoscopy is the preferred method for colon cancer screening.
Current colon cancer screening recommendations include:
- Colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50.
- For African-Americans, colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 45.
Consultation with a physician about when to start screening if you have any of the following risk factors:
- A personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps
- A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease
- A strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
- A known family history of hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC)
Treatment for colon or rectal cancer depends on the location and stage of the cancer. If surgery is indicated, our surgeons provide full oncologic resection in a purely laparoscopic fashion, commonly known as minimally invasive surgery, which minimizes scarring and recovery time. Our surgeons have advanced training in these minimally invasive techniques and in surgical oncology. For colorectal cancer, we believe that a coordinated effort between surgeons, oncologists, radiologists and pathologists is important in order to ensure that every patient gets optimal, personalized treatment.
Please contact your surgeon for further details.
Todd David Wilson, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in The University of Texas Medical School at Houston’s Division of Minimally Invasive and Elective General Surgery.
Dr. Wilson is the section chief for colorectal surgeries and specializes in minimally invasive techniques for all general surgery including bariatric, colorectal, solid organ and hernia surgeries. Full CV
Kulvinder S. Bajwa, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in The University of Texas Medical School at Houston’s Division of Minimally Invasive and Elective General Surgery.
Dr. Bajwa provides minimally invasive and single incisional techniques for gastrointestinal and weight loss surgery including colon and rectal cancers, inguinal, incisional and ventral hernia repairs, and thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Full CV
Donald Lesslie, D.O. is an Assistant Professor in The University of Texas Medical School at Houston’s Division of Minimally Invasive and Elective General Surgery
Dr. Lesslie specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques for GI tumors including colon and rectum, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and bile ducts. He also offers surgical treatment of sarcoma, melanoma and endocrine tumors. Full CV
Sheilendra S. Mehta, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in The University of Texas Medical School at Houston’s Division of Minimally Invasive and Elective General Surgery
Dr. Mehta specializes in conditions requiring innovative general surgery expertise with a focus on advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of abdominal pathology to include the full scope of minimally invasive bariatric surgery. Full CV