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Colorectal surgery

The colorectal surgical specialists at White Plains Hospital are dedicated to providing exceptional care in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of diseases affecting the colon, rectum and anus. An interdisciplinary team that may include oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and gastroenterologists will develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve the optimal outcome. White Plains Hospital surgeons are highly trained in the use of advanced, minimally invasive techniques and robotic surgical technology.

White Plains Hospital is proud to be recognized for our multidisciplinary rectal cancer program. One of only two hospitals in NY State accredited for our commitment towards excellence in the care of rectal cancer.

Learn more about this accreditation.

The colorectal surgery team

White Plains Hospital's fellowshipped-trained colorectal surgeons are supported by specialized nurses, physician assistants, surgical technologists and anesthesiologists who employ minimally invasive procedures to treat cancerous and benign disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. Dr. Kimberly Yee is the Director of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Hospital.

Common conditions treated

  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Polyps of the colon and rectum
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic organ prolapse

Diagnosis & treatment

White Plains Hospital has an anorectal physiology lab, one of the few such facilities in Westchester County. The lab conducts an array of tests to measure the function and integrity of the anus and rectum. Diagnostic tests may include ultrasound for assessment of cancer, anal muscle injury or fistulas. Referring physicians receive a complete report at the conclusion of testing. High resolution anoscopy may be used to examine the anus for conditions like HPV (human papillomavirus) abnormalities that could lead to cancer.

When a procedure is necessary to treat a colon, rectum or anal condition, our surgeons use specialized equipment and techniques that often require small or no incisions.

Colorectal procedures performed include:

Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM)

Transanal endoscopic microsurgery is an operation that employs miniaturized surgical instruments to allow the procedure to be performed through the anus. It requires no incisions on the outside of the anus or abdomen.

Transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS)

Transanal minimally invasive surgery is a procedure performed entirely through the body's natural opening to remove benign polyps and some cancerous tumors within the rectum and lower sigmoid colon.

Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopy is a diagnostic and surgical procedure requiring only small incisions in the abdomen. Special, miniaturized instruments and a camera are passed through tubes in the small incisions. It is a safe and effective, minimally-invasive alternative to conventional open surgery. Discuss with your physician if this is an appropriate option for you.

Robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Xi™

Robotic surgery uses miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through a series of quarter-inch incisions. The surgeon controls these instruments and a camera from a console located in the operating room.