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Division of
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Colon Diseases

Minimally invasive surgery or laparoscopic surgery has now been applied to the diseases of the colon and rectum. In this form of surgery, large incisions are not necessary and 3 to 4 tiny incisions are used with introduction of telescopes and instrumentation which allows surgery to be carried out in a minimally invasive way. At this point in time, all benign diseases of the colon including inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, in some instances benign polyps can be removed by this technique. In this situation patient post-operative recovery is much shorter and pain is less. Patients therefore get back to work sooner with less disruption of lifestyle. At this time, we have not included malignant diseases in our laparoscopic colon surgery.

Inpatient Facilities:
Hospital University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC)
Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH)

Office Visit Locations:
Perelman Center - East Pavilion, 2nd Floor (HUP)
266 Wright-Saunders Building (PPMC)
700 Spruce Street - Garfield Duncan Building (PAH)

Making an Office Visit Appointment:
215-662-2078 or 800-789-PENN
Dr. Cary Aarons
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Dr. Joshua Bleier
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Dr. Brian Kann
Dr. Kann
Dr. Najjia Mahmoud
Dr. Mahmoud
Dr. Carter Paulson
Dr. Paulson

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