Digestive Health

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

Digestive Health

Colon and Rectal Surgery

At NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, we are dedicated to providing the most advanced surgical and non-surgical treatment of disorders affecting the anus, colon and rectum, from benign conditions such as hemorrhoids and fissures to cancer.

Our board-certified colon and rectal surgeons take a compassionate and patient-focused approach to your care that addresses your disease in consideration of your overall health and lifestyle. They closely coordinate with radiologists, pathologists, medical oncologists, nutritionists, genetics counselors and other health professionals to formulate a treatment plan that meets your unique needs. For conditions such as hemorrhoids, diverticulitis and fissures, they first try non-invasive approaches such as medical therapies and lifestyle modifications that may include a high-fiber diet. If these methods do not work, they use the least invasive method to effectively treat your condition and return you to health.

When surgery is needed, our colon and rectal surgeons are highly experienced in innovative minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgery techniques, anorectal procedures, open abdominal surgery, and the surgical management of pelvic floor disorders. They are among the few in the region that offer single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), a minimally invasive procedure for colorectal conditions that is performed through a single incision in the belly button which results in the potential for no visible scar, fewer complications and a faster recovery. Our surgeons are also highly skilled in robotic surgery for a wide range of benign and malignant colorectal conditions including diverticulitis, irritable bowel disease (IBD), colon and rectal cancers, and rectal prolapse.

After your colon and rectal surgery, our experienced team works closely with you to restore your bowel activity and get you out of bed as soon as possible to speed your recovery and return you to the activities you enjoy.

What Makes Us Unique?

Advanced Minimally Invasive Colon and Rectal Surgery: Our colon and rectal surgeons with extensive expertise in the latest minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery approaches, including single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), that result in a more comfortable recovery and a quicker return to activities. Learn more about the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center.

Expertise in Colon Cancer and Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), including Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: We offer the latest surgical approaches to preserve intestinal length and help patients retain continence after bowel resection.

Complex Reconstructive Surgery: Our highly experienced surgeons specialize in complex reconstructive surgery, such as the creation of an ileoanal pouch from intestinal tissue to avoid the need for an ostomy (a bag worn outside of the abdomen to collect waste) for patients who have their entire colon removed.

Conservation of Bowel and Bowel Continence: For patients with complex abdominal and pelvic floor conditions, our surgeons are often able to conserve the bowel and maintain or restore continence. 

A Commitment to Managing Your Post-Operative Pain: Our surgeons work closely with our pain management physicians to create a pain regimen that addresses your pain before it happens. 

Compassionate Support, Education, and Wellness Services: We offer genetic counseling, ostomy care, nutritional counseling, and patient support groups for patients with specific diseases as well as those living with an ostomy.

World Class Affiliations: NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital is committed to providing the highest level of care that you deserve, with seamless access to world-class medical experts and advanced technology through our affiliation with NewYork-Presbyterian, the # 1 hospital in New York. 

Conditions We Treat

  • Anal fissures
  • Anal fistulas
  • Anorectal conditions
  • Bleeding disorders of the colon
  • Colorectal cancer (colon, rectum and anus)
  • Colorectal polyps
  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diverticulitis (severe or recurrent)
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Gastric cancers
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Incontinence
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal fistulas
  • Lower gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Pelvic floor disorders such as rectal prolapse
  • Ulcerative colitis

Services and Treatments

  • Colonoscopy to examine the colon and rectum and part of small intestine
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy to see inside the sigmoid colon and rectum to detect inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, and ulcers
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery approaches to colorectal conditions, including single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS)
  • Complex re-operative abdominal and pelvic surgery
  • Repair and revision of ileoanal pouches
  • Advanced endoscopic treatment for rectal polyps and tumors, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS)
  • Minimally invasive hemorrhoid procedures including hemorrhoidal banding (rubber band ligation) and stapled hemorrhoidopexy, a procedure that involves removing abnormally enlarged hemorrhoidal tissue and repositioning the remaining hemorrhoidal tissue to its normal position
  • Muscle-preserving anal fissure surgery
  • Excision of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) lesions
  • Robotic ostomy reversal