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Colon and Rectal Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgery at TriHealth

Colon and Rectal Surgery within the TriHealth Surgical Institute offers surgical expertise in the management and treatment of conditions affecting the intestinal tract, colon, rectum, and anal canal, with a focus on minimally invasive techniques and sphincter-persevering procedures. Our approach expands beyond the expertise of each individual surgeon to include a team approach that includes our nurses and nurse practitioner, who are fully dedicated to the needs of each one of our patients, our cancer care coordinators to help patients navigate their appointments and care, and our committed office staff who understand the sensitive issues surrounding the conditions we treat.

As part of our integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to your care, we work closely with specialists across the board, including physicians and practitioners from Gastroenterology and TriHealth Cancer & Blood Institute, as well as primary care physicians, radiologists, gynecologists, urologists, physical therapists, enterostomal nurses, and nutritionists, to develop an individualized and comprehensive care plan.


Diagnosis and Treatment of Colon and Rectal Cancer

Hamza Guend MD, of the TriHealth Surgical Institute, a fellowship-trained specialist in colon and rectal surgery, discusses the diagnosis and treatment of colon and rectal cancer on this segment of Living Better With TriHealth with reporter Dan Hoard.

The Benefits of Being Treated by a Colorectal Surgeon

Colorectal surgery is a Board Certified specialty with expertise in management of conditions of the colon and rectum. All colorectal surgeons must obtain additional fellowship training beyond general surgical training that is dedicated to the diagnosis and management of these conditions. The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery must then certify each colorectal surgeon. Such training extends beyond the surgical management to include medical and non-surgical options for treatment of certain conditions. At Trihealth, you will benefit from evaluation and treatment by board certified colorectal surgeons whose practice is dedicated to colorectal surgery and who are also members of the American Society of Colorectal Surgery.

Laparoscopic and Robotic Colorectal Surgery

Our team is ready to care for patients through the use of the latest in surgical approaches such as laparoscopic and robotic colon and rectal surgery.

Minimally invasive surgical approaches, including robotic and laparoscopic surgery, are just a few examples of the advanced techniques utilized by our team. Advantages of such methods include:

  • Smaller incisions, less pain, and less requirement of pain medications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery with earlier recovery of bowel function and resumption of eating
  • Earlier return to work/ full activity
  • For cancer patients requiring chemotherapy, speedier recovery allows for shorter time to start of necessary treatment


At TriHealth, we offer surgical options for the treatment of mid to low rectal cancer with the goal of preservation the anal sphincter muscle complex to avoid a permanent colostomy. We also work with our patients after surgery on the management of bowel function to insure good quality of life with the preservation of sphincter complex.


Getting Ready For Your Surgery: What you can do!

Dr. Hamza Guend talks through getting patients ready for surgery, with TriHealth's Surgical Optimization Center (TSOC) program, including an assessment for levels of risk, care plans, enhanced recovery pathways and infection prevention to ensure your surgery is a success.

Our Team

Hamza Guend MD
Hamza Guend MD
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Gennaro D. LaBella MD
Gennaro D. LaBella MD
Colon and Rectal Surgery
TriHealth Surgical Institute - Colorectal Surgeons
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