Colorectal Surgery Expert Witnesses
The right medical expert for cases involving surgical malpractice
Colorectal surgery, also infrequently known as proctology, is a medical field dealing with disorders of the rectum, anus, and colon. Physicians specializing in this field of medicine are called colorectal surgeons or proctologists.
In the United States, colorectal surgeons must complete a five-year residency in general surgery after completing medical school, followed by a one- to two-year fellowship in colorectal surgery. Colorectal surgeons must then pass the certification exam administered by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS).
Procedures and conditions treated by colorectal surgeons
Colorectal surgical disorders include:
- Varicosities or swelling and inflammation of veins in the rectum and anus (Hemorrhoids)
- Unnatural cracks or tears in the anus (Anal fissures)
- Abnormal connections or passageways between the rectum or other anorectal area to the skin surface (Fistulas)
- Severe constipation conditions
- Fecal incontinence
- Protrusion of the walls of the rectum through the anus (Rectal prolapse)
- Birth defects such as the imperforate anus
- Treatment of severe colic disorders, such as Crohn’s disease
- Cancer of the colon and rectum (Colorectal cancer)
- Repositioning of the rectal area if fallen out.
- Anal cancer (rare)
- Any injuries to the anus
- Removal of objects inserted into the anus
Colorectal surgeons perform diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopy, proctoscopy, defecating proctography, and sigmoidoscopy. They also perform surgical treatments, including colectomy, hemorrhoidectomy, anoplasty, polypectomy, and colostomy.
Colorectal surgeon malpractice case matter
As with any surgery, malpractice in colorectal surgery can have significant consequences for a patient. In addition, colorectal surgeons are involved in many types of diagnostic procedures, and failure to diagnose can cause a patient’s health to become significantly worse.
Some examples of colorectal surgeon malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose a medical condition such as colon cancer.
- Leaving surgical tools inside the patient’s body.
- Damaging organs or nerves adjacent to the colon.
- Failing to follow infection control protocols.
- Failing to inform patients of the risks and benefits of surgery and obtain informed consent.
How a colorectal surgeon can support an injury case
Some types of accidents can cause injuries and complications that affect the colon, rectum, or anus due to blunt force trauma or penetration. A colorectal surgeon can analyze the plaintiff’s medical records and help to determine the cause of the injury. In addition, a colorectal surgeon can explain the likely long-term prognosis of such injuries and the cost of future medical treatment, including surgery, which can make a significant difference in the plaintiff’s compensation.
Our network includes objective, highly qualified colorectal surgery experts
Cases involving colorectal surgery malpractice or injuries to the bowels can be highly complex, and the right expert witness makes all the difference. Our team is ready to discuss your potential legal matter. Contact us today to find out how Rieback Medical-Legal Consultants can help.