Fort Sanders Regional

1819 Clinch Avenue, Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37916

Fort Sanders Surgeons

Colon and Rectal Cancer Surgery

Sung G. Lee, MD
Board Certified: General Surgery
Board Eligible: Colon and Rectal Surgery
Fellowship: Colon and Rectal Surgery

Gregory P. Midis, MD, FACS
Board Certified: General and Colon and Rectal Surgery
Fellowship: Surgical Oncology, Colon and Rectal Surgery

David Roife, MD
Board Certified: General Surgery and Surgical Oncology
Fellowship: Surgical Oncology

Tennova North Knoxville

7714 Conner Road, Suite 103
Powell, TN 37849

Premier North Knoxville Surgeons

Colon and Rectal Cancer Surgery

David J. Harrell, MD, FACS
Board Certified: General Surgery
Fellowship: Surgical Endoscopy and Therapeutic ERCP

David G. Schutter, MD
Board Certified: General Surgery
Fellowship: Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery

Roland B. Weast, MD, FACS
Board Certified: General Surgery


9430 Park West Boulevard, Suite 310
Knoxville, TN 37923

Parkwest Surgeon

Michael E. Kelly, MD, FACS
Board Certified: General Surgery
Fellowship: Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Premier Surgical Cleveland

2175 Chambliss Ave. NW, Suite D
Cleveland, TN 37311

Premier Cleveland Surgeons

Colon Cancer Surgery

Shannon P. Beierle, MD
Board Certified: General Surgery
Jason L. Dunn, MD, FACS
Board Certified: General Surgery
Eston K. Wenger, MD, FACS
Board Certified: General Surgery
Joshua A. Worthington, MD
Board Certified: General Surgery

Patient Resources

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgeons diagnose and treat diseases and cancers of the lower digestive tract, which includes your intestines, colon, rectum and anus.

Your intestines help your body absorb nutrients from the food you eat and process then discard as waste. Problems of the intestines and colon may include polyps, cancer and inflammatory conditions.

Other Colon and Rectal conditions include:
  • Colon, rectal, and anal cancer
  • Diverticular disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis)
  • Restorative procedures for Ulcerative colitis and treatment of abdominal and perianal disease
  • Inherited syndromes of colon and rectal cancer
  • Precancerous conditions of anus and rectum (dysplasia) and surveillance
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Complex anal fistula and abscess
  • Anal fissure
  • Fecal incontinence including sacral nerve stimulator
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Pelvic floor disorder
  • Colonic inertia
  • Disorders of colostomy and ileostomy
Early Detection and Screening

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Colon and Rectal Cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed for men and women in the United States. An estimated 53,000 Americans die from Colon and Rectal Cancer each year.

Fortunately, when Colon and Rectal cancer is detected and diagnosed in an early stage, it can often be treated and cured. There are more than 1.5 million Colon and Rectal Cancer survivors in the United States.

Early diagnosis is the key to survival. The American Cancer Society now recommends Colon Cancer Screening for adults beginning at age 45 and earlier if you have a family history of Colon and Rectal cancer or have an inflammatory bowel disease.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Colon and Rectal Cancer
  • Ongoing constipation or diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Blood in your stool
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Sometimes colon and rectal cancer may have no symptoms at all

The type of treatment you undergo depends on the stage of your cancer and other factors. Treatments like Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy, Immunotherapy and Surgery may be combined or used separately to address your cancer.

Early Stage Colon and Rectal Cancer

In early stages many polyps and small cancers can be removed during a colonoscopy. This procedure involves inserting a small tube with a video camera into the patient’s rectum to see inside the colon.  A polypectomy or local excision may be used to remove the polyp or cancer from the inside wall of the colon.

Bowel Resection

If the cancer is believed to have spread, a Bowel Resection (also called Colectomy) may be used to remove all or part of the colon. A Colectomy may be performed as an open or laparoscopic surgery. Part of the healthy colon and nearby lymph nodes will also be removed and checked for cancer.

A Partial Colectomy, Hemicolectomy, or Segmental Resection is the removal of part of the colon. Your surgeon will remove the section of the colon with the cancer, along with a small part of healthy colon on each side. The amount of colon removed depends on the size and location of your cancer. The sections of your remaining cancer are re-attached.

A Total Colectomy is the removal of all of the colon. This procedure may be performed if the patient has other issues in the section of the colon without cancer, such as hundreds of polyps or inflammatory bowel disease.

Your surgeon will explain and discuss the best treatment options with you. Treatments for individuals will vary depending on the stage and location of the tumor, the patient’s overall health, potential side effects of treatment, and medications the patient may be taking.

Surgical Specialties

Our surgeons have specialized skills and knowledge in diverse areas. We are equipped to provide patients with the best options for comprehensive, state-of-the-art care.