Colorectal Surgery

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Expert, Personalized Care

At Stamford Health, our health care team always treats the patient before the condition. If your doctor has recommended colorectal surgery, our physicians will always consider your comfort and convenience when it comes to designing the treatment plan.

Our board-certified surgeons have extensive knowledge and experience in surgeries that focus on the treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the intestinal tract, rectum, anus, and peri-anal areas.

Stamford Health is proud to offer the latest technology and equipment for colorectal surgeries. When possible, our doctors emphasize the use of minimally invasive techniques, since these typically lead to fewer complications and a faster, more comfortable healing for patients.

We believe in a collaborative approach to medicine, so our team will always coordinate care with your primary care provider and any necessary medical specialists.

Meet Our Providers

Marilee  Freitas
Colon and Rectal Surgery

(203) 323-8989

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Shahzad  Zafar
Colon and Rectal Surgery

(203) 323-8989

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Types Of Services Offered


Colonoscopy detects and prevents at least 95% of colorectal cancers and increases the likelihood of curing them completely. The recommended age to begin screening for colorectal cancers is now 45. Schedule a colonoscopy now.

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Our board-certified colorectal surgeons specialize in laparoscopic colon resection. Laparoscopic colon resection requires shorter recovery, less stress on the body, and a shorter hospitalization.
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Our colorectal surgeons will perform the full range of screening and diagnostic tests for diseases of the colon and rectum.

Diseases And Conditions We Treat

Anal Fissure
A tear in the tissue of the anus commonly caused by large or hard stools because of constipation.

Anorectal Abscess
An abscess, or pocket of pus from an infection, located in the anus or rectum is typically caused by a clogged anal gland.

Bowel Or Anal Incontinence
Uncontrollable or unwanted passage of stool caused by things such as rectal prolapse, Crohn’s disease, damage to the nervous system, and more.

Colon Cancer
Risk factors for colon cancer, the longest part of the large intestine, include a family history, Crohn’s disease, smoking cigarettes, and obesity.

This is caused by the colon’s muscles moving too slowly causing the stool to absorb too much water and harden. Typically marked by less than three bowel movements in a week.

Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease, occurs when there is redness and swelling and sores along the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis, another type of inflammatory bowel disease, happens when the lining of the large intestine and the rectum become red and swollen.

Diverticulitis occurs when the pouches in your colon become inflamed with or without infection. Risk factors include family history, low-fiber diet, a diet high in red meat, and lack of physical activity.

Fistula In Anus
This occurs when an abnormal passage forms from the anal canal to the skin near the anus, most likely because of an abscess in the anal gland.

Located inside the anus or under the skin around it, hemorrhoids occur when the veins or blood vessels in and around the anus and lower rectum become swollen and irritated.

Pilonidal Cyst
These are cysts that are formed on the skin near the tailbone and in the upper crease of the buttocks. They may be caused by ingrown hairs in the area.

Rectal Cancer
Risk factors for cancer of the rectum (the last part of the large intestine before the anus) include a family history, Crohn’s disease, smoking cigarettes, and obesity.

Rectal Prolapse
When part of the rectum bulges out of the anus, this is referred to as rectal prolapse. It may go back into the anal canal on its own but, over time, may become more severe, needing surgery.

Colorectal Surgery FAQs

  • What is the preparation for colorectal surgery at Stamford Health like?
    Preparing for colorectal surgery involves a comprehensive approach. Our team will guide you through the preoperative preparations, encompassing necessary tests, medications, and lifestyle adjustments. We are dedicated to ensuring your readiness for a successful surgery.
  • What dietary restrictions should be followed before colorectal surgery?
    Before colorectal surgery, we'll provide detailed guidance on specific dietary restrictions or recommendations. These measures contribute significantly to the success of the procedure, setting the stage for a seamless recovery.
  • What is the typical recovery time after colorectal surgery?
    Recovery times are individualized, tailored to your unique circumstances. Generally, we'll provide a comprehensive overview of the expected timeline after colorectal surgery, considering factors that may influence the duration of the recovery period.
  • How do you manage pain and discomfort after colorectal surgery?
    Effectively managing pain and discomfort post-surgery is a priority. Our team will guide you through personalized pain management strategies, including prescribed medications and recommended activities, ensuring a comfortable and smooth recovery.
  • How can family members support a patient during the immediate postoperative period at home?
    Creating a supportive environment during the initial stages of recovery is crucial. We offer guidance for family members to assist with daily activities, fostering a comforting atmosphere as you navigate the early postoperative period at home.

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