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Assistant Professor of Surgery
Dr. Patel, a surgeon specializing in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery, colorectal oncology and complex pelvic floor disorders, has joined the University of Arizona Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology as Assistant Professor. Dr. Patel treats a wide range of diseases of the colon and rectum, and has special expertise in advanced minimally invasive techniques, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS) for rectal cancers and polyps.
TEMS makes it possible to excise polyps and some lesions high inside the rectum through the anus that otherwise would be accessible only by major abdominal surgery. The patient benefits of TEMS, as compared to radical abdominal surgery, are: no large incision; less blood less, trauma and scarring; a shorter hospital stay; and a more rapid recovery. Patients who are ideal candidates for TEMS avoid a colostomy, a common fear among those diagnosed with rectal cancer. The University of Arizona Medical Center is among a few centers in the nation that offer TEMS.
Dr. Patel also specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgery for benign disease, including inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis and other conditions of the colon, rectum and anus, such as hemorrhoids and fissures. He also performs colon cancer screening, including colonoscopies. Dr. Patel implants Sacral Nerve Stimulator for fecal incontinence.