Penn State Hershey Colon and Rectal Surgery
The Penn State Hershey Colon and Rectal Surgery team provides advanced and effective medical care, including state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities, the latest drug therapies, and leading-edge surgical techniques for benign and malignant colorectal disease. From cancer and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), to advanced diagnostics and robotic surgery, the Penn State Hershey colorectal team is one of the largest and most experienced in Pennsylvania. Based at the region's premier academic medical center, the team has the medical, surgical, and support services needed to provide the most comprehensive colorectal care.
The Division has an active clinical and basic science research program, including a research laboratory studying IBD for nearly 20 years. All patients are offered participation in research trials that provide the possibility of newer therapies and opportunities to further the team's understanding of colorectal diseases.
Choose Us Because . . .
- Based on national data reported on Medicare's Hospital Compare website (April 2015), Penn State Hershey Medical Center was one of only five hospitals nationally (top one percent) that qualified for an "exemplary rating" in death or serious complication after colorectal surgery. This was based on risk adjusted outcomes data reported by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.
- Nearly 70 years of combined dedicated colorectal surgery experience
- Six surgeons board certified in colorectal surgery by the American Society of Colorectal Surgery form the largest, most experienced, and most comprehensive colorectal surgery group in the state
- Perform approximately 1,000 surgical cases each year
- One of only a few hospitals in the country to perform single-site laparoscopy for colorectal cancer and IBD
Smart Talk: Colorectal Cancer Awareness - it can be prevented
As part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Ray Hohl, director of Penn State Cancer Institute, and Dr. Walter Koltun, chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, discussed on WITF-FM's Smart Talk the causes, risk factors, and symptoms of colorectal cancer, treatment options, and what we're learning about this disease.
abc27's Good Day PA
Drs. Walter Koltun and Andrew Tinsley talk inflammatory bowel disease on abc27's Good Day PA! with host Amy Kehm. Watch their segment here. After the show, they answered nearly 50 questions about IBD, treatment options, and more as part of a live web chat on abc27.com. View the questions and responses here. If you have a question for the IBD team, call our nurse navigator at 717-531-3998.
We want to make you as comfortable as possible. The information in this booklet will help you understand more about what to expect before, during, and after your surgery.
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