Dr. Zuri A. Murrell is an acclaimed colorectal surgeon in Los Angeles, California, who provides a range of professional treatments. He treats each of his patients with warmth and care, assisting them in understanding diagnoses, and advising them on what their options may be. As an educator, Dr. Murrell is recognized on a national level, training other surgeons and students entering his field of practice. When you come to Dr. Murrell, you can be sure that you will receive the best care in the Los Angeles area.
What is a Colorectal Surgeon?
A colorectal surgeon is a physician who specializes in treatment of conditions and surgeries on the colon, anus, and rectum. A colorectal surgeon performs screenings, treats conditions, and performs surgeries on all types of conditions relating to the colon and rectum. In order to become a colorectal surgeon, it is necessary to undergo extensive training in general medicine and surgical procedures, as well as in-depth study of colorectal procedures. A colorectal surgeon may also be referred to as a colon and rectal surgeon or a proctologist.
What Types of Conditions does a Colorectal Surgeon Treat?
Dr. Murrell knows that some of the conditions he treats are often felt to be “taboo” or uncomfortable to discuss. Hemorrhoids, colonoscopies, and anal rejuvenation are all subjects that many find difficult to talk about, and certainly hide from most friends or family. With that in mind, Dr. Murrell treats every patient with the utmost discretion and respect, with treatments and procedures performed to be as comfortable as possible. A colorectal surgeon specializes in treating many conditions including:
- Colon Cancer
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Incontinence of the Bowel
- Crohn’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Rectal Prolapse
- Anal abscess, fistula, or fissures
- Colorectal Polyps
When do I need to see a Colorectal Surgeon?
Many patients will head to the pharmacy to pick up a tube of Preparation H or believe that it is perfectly normal to have painful bowel movements. A colorectal surgeon can help you to identify underlying causes of pain or discomfort in the digestive tract, painful bowel movements, or hemorrhoids and treat those conditions, so you can live life with a higher level of comfort and health. While some of these topics may be a little uncomfortable to speak about, it is important to talk to Dr. Murrell, so you can be sure that your symptoms are not signs of a more serious condition that should be treated immediately.
Fighting Colon Cancer
If you have recently turned 50, it’s time to book an appointment with your colorectal surgeon. Colon and rectal cancers are the second most prominent types of cancers affecting people in the United States and are very treatable – when caught early. Not only can a colonoscopy identify the presence of developing colon cancer, it can also help to prevent it. When you have a colonoscopy, any polyps or growths which look abnormal can be removed and examined. That allows us to remove precancerous growths before they develop into a more serious problem. Depending on your family medical history, it may be prudent to begin having regular colonoscopies before the age of 50. Dr. Murrell will happily discuss your family history with you to arrange an appropriate schedule for your screenings.
What Type of Training does a Colorectal Surgeon Receive?
Training for a colorectal surgeon begins just as it does for any medical doctor. The trainee must complete four years of medical school, followed by five to six years of specialized training. In advancing to becoming a colorectal surgeon, it requires studying the principles and techniques of general surgery before moving forward in the study procedures specific to the colon and rectum. When all is said and done, a colorectal surgeon will have completed a minimum of 14 years of classroom learning and hands-on surgical training before completing the entire necessary education and residency to become licensed to practice medicine.
How is a Colorectal Surgeon Different from a Gastroenterologist?
It is not uncommon for patients not to know the difference between a gastroenterologist and a colorectal surgeon. While there is some overlap in their fields of specialization, their specialties and the conditions that they treat are typically quite different. A gastroenterologist is a physician who completed training in internal medicine with an in-depth study of gastroenterology. A gastroenterologist does not perform surgical procedures but specializes in diseases and disorders of the digestive system, small and large intestine, and biliary system (the organs and ducts that produce and store bile).
Why Should I Choose Dr. Zuri A. Murrell?
Dr. Zuri A. Murrell is committed to helping you achieve the best health possible, and that includes making sure your colorectal regions are functioning in a healthy manner. As one of the most sought-after colorectal surgeons in Los Angeles, Dr. Murrell has both the experience and the skill to provide you with the best care available in the Southland. With two offices in the Los Angeles area, there is a location that will be convenient and accessible to you. His warm, friendly staff will immediately set you at ease, allowing you to concentrate on what matters most: your health.