We found 3 colon and rectal surgeons who accept Illinois Health Connect near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. Elisa H Birnbaum, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Elisa Birnbaum's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; she sees patients in Saint Louis, MO, Creve Coeur, MO, and Rolla, MO. In Dr. Birnbaum's practice, she is particularly interested in colorectal surgery procedures, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Her training includes a residency program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Birnbaum's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Cystocele, Incontinence, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Genetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Leon Silviera, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Matthew Silviera is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Silviera obtained his medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Dr. Kian Huat H Lim, PhD, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4921 Parkview Place; 7th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Kian Lim's areas of specialization are colon & rectal surgery, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Creve Coeur, MO and Saint Louis, MO. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lim include hepatobiliary cancer and pancreatic cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Lim attended medical school at National Taiwan University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Hepatobiliary Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Colorectal Cancer

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What is Colon & Rectal Surgery?

Colon and rectal surgery is the medical specialty that deals with diseases and disorders of the lower intestinal tract, colon, rectum, and anus. The specialty was previously known as proctology, and some physicians who specifically treat diseases of the rectum and anus may still call themselves proctologists; but in general that term is not currently used. While colon and rectal surgery is related to gastroenterology, only colon and rectal surgeons can provide surgical care.

Colon and rectal surgeons can offer routine screenings for common health conditions affecting the colon and rectum. They have also undergone advanced surgical training, and they are able to treat conditions affecting the lower intestinal tract with surgery when needed.

Some conditions that a colon and rectal surgeon might treat include:
  • Serious and chronic constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures, or tears in the skin around the anus
  • Anal abscesses and fistulae
  • Anal incontinence
  • Intestinal polyps
  • Colon and rectal cancer

Colon and rectal surgeons perform various procedures to keep patients healthy, such as colonoscopies and sigmoidoscopies. These tests use long, flexible tubes to examine the lining of the colon in case of pain or bleeding, or to look for signs of cancer or polyps. If a patient’s intestines are severely diseased and not working well, a colon and rectal surgeon may perform an ostomy, where the healthy part of the intestines are connected to a tube or pouch on the outside of the body. Colorectal surgeons may also remove hemorrhoids, perform laparoscopic surgery on a tumor, or even offer genetic counseling to patients with a family history of colorectal cancers.

Colon and rectal conditions can be some of the most uncomfortable problems to endure. Even if your intestinal problem is severe, colon and rectal surgeons can help you lead a long, healthy, and more enjoyable life.
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