Colorectal surgeons at Drexel Surgery provide expert, compassionate, and technologically advanced care to patients with diseases of the intestines and anorectum. We are dedicated to working with our patients to ensure that they are completely satisfied with their care. We believe in the importance of education, so that our patients and physicians can make informed decisions together.
Every time I share my colorectal cancer experience, I go back to the first medical encounter I had with Dr. Stein. I talk about the positive effect that his humanistic bedside manner had on me and his honesty in discussing the pros and cons of my situation. He made me feel empowered rather than defeated, and that made a huge difference in how I approached what I was facing. I felt that Dr. Stein really cared, and I trusted him regardless of the outcome. I am happy that he is continuing to do this amazing work and am sure he is enhancing the lives of many patients just as he did mine.
Bleeding, pain, discharge and itching are some of the most common complaints of patients with anorectal disease. Drexel's colorectal surgeons have extensive training and experience in the management of anorectal disease. Drexel colorectal surgeons treat anorectal disease with cutting-edge techniques such as transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD).
Bowel incontinence, or fecal incontinence, is when a person is unable to control his or her gas or stool. Symptoms can be mild, with occasional staining of undergarments, or severe, completely restricting the person's activity. Learn more about bowel incontinence.
Colorectal cancer screening
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in this country. Early detection is essential for preventing and treating colorectal cancer effectively. Screening is used to discover colorectal polyps, which are abnormal growths that if left in place, will eventually turn cancerous. Schedule a colonoscopy today!
According to the American Cancer Society, almost 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed this year. Nearly 60,000 people died last year because of the disease. Colorectal cancer begins in the inner lining of the large bowel, which is called the mucosa. Often, the cancer begins as a growth called a polyp. If the polyp is removed before the cells invade the deeper layers of the bowel wall, the cancer can potentially be prevented. If the cells have invaded the bowel wall, then it is called a cancer. Some people can have symptoms of rectal bleeding, weight loss, and abdominal pain, although most people do not have any symptoms. Learn more about colorectal cancer.
Drexel colorectal surgeons offer laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches to cancer treatment including transanal endoscopic resection.
Learn more about Drexel Cancer Care.
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment with a colorectal surgeon at Drexel Surgery, please call 877.COLON.DOC.
Variation in bowel habits is normal for most people. However, there are some people who have chronic constipation despite the use of supplemental fiber, laxatives and even enemas. Learn more about constipation.
Diverticulosis of the colon is a common condition that is found in 50 percent of Americans by age 60 and nearly all by age 80. Learn more about diverticular disease.
Familial polyposis and HNPCC
Familial adenomatous polyposis, or FAP, is an inherited disorder that accounts for about 1 to 3 percent of all colon cancers. HNPCC is hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, the most common known hereditary cause of colon cancer. HNPCC is caused when a person inherits a mutation in one of five different genes. HNPCC is not a form of cancer; it is a syndrome that puts people at a higher risk for developing colon cancer. People with HNPCC have a higher risk of colon cancer than the general population if they don't undergo early and regular screenings.
Inflammatory bowel disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD is a nonspecific inflammatory disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Learn more about Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn's Disease.
David E. Stein, MD
Associate Professor and Chair of Surgery; Director of Operations, Department of Ophthalmology
Clinical Services: anal fissure, anal sphincter anatomy, anoscopy, colitis, colon cancer, colon diverticula, colon polyps, colonoscopy, colorectal polyps, colostomy, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, incontinence, intestinal obstruction, intra-abdominal abscess, ischemic colitis, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopy, large bowel resection, proctitis, rectal cancer, rectal prolapse, rectum, ulcerative colitis, minimally invasive surgery
Juan Lucas Poggio, MD, MS, FACS, FASCRS
Associate Professor of Surgery; Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery
Clinical Services: anal fissure, anal sphincter anatomy, anoscopy, colitis, colon cancer, colon cancer screening, colon diverticula, colon polyps, colonoscopy, colorectal polyps, colostomy, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, hemorrhoid surgery, hemorrhoids, incontinence, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal obstruction, intra-abdominal abscess, ischemic colitis, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopy, large bowel resection, proctitis, rectal cancer, rectal prolapse, rectum, robotic surgery, ulcerative colitis, minimally invasive surgery