What is a Colorectal Surgeon?

Surgical Associates of Long Island

A colorectal surgeon is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the small intestine, colon, rectum, and anus. Surgical Associates of Long Island surgeon, Dr. William Sellers, is a highly experienced subspecialist in general surgery who, following additional training, treats a variety of diseases such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, abscesses and fistulae, anal itching, polyps, anal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, diverticulitis, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, pelvic floor disease, rectal prolapse, pilonidal cysts, anal condyloma, fecal incontinence, and chronic constipation. Training in colorectal surgery provided Dr. Sellers with in-depth knowledge of intestinal and anorectal physiology required to treat these complex conditions. As an expert in both surgical and nonsurgical treatment of colon and rectal problems, Dr. Sellers provides comprehensive state-of-the-art surgical care using the latest available minimally invasive technology, such as the da Vinci Xi robot.

As a colorectal surgeon, Dr. Sellers specifically focuses on conditions of the small intestine, colon, rectum, and anus and performs surgery in those areas of the body. He works in conjunction with gastroenterologists, as a team, and often receives referrals from Long Island gastroenterologists after they have exhausted their medical options and the patient may require surgery. For example, when a gastroenterologist identifies cancer during a colonoscopy, they will refer the patient to Dr. Sellers for a surgical consultation.

When people ask Dr. Sellers why he chose the colon, of all things to specialize in, he tells them that “having this specialty and training allows me to work with every tool in the medical tool belt.” At Surgical Associates of Long Island, Dr. Sellers practices evidence-based medicine and utilizes the most effective and latest developments for diagnosis and treatment in all aspects of his patient care keeping his team at the forefront of medical surgical advancements.  

As Surgical Associates of Long Island’s colorectal surgeon,  Dr. Sellers provides patients with surgical options, such as endoscopic, transanal, minimally invasive, robotic, laparoscopic, and traditional open approaches, in addition to, sacral nerve stimulation. Providing state-of-the-art surgical care allows Dr. Sellers to curtail his treatment strategy to the individual patient in order to achieve the best possible outcome.   

If you or a loved one have a medical condition that requires surgery or seeking a surgical consultation, we are here to support you and to provide you with the absolute best medical care. Reach out to our medical team at 631.474.0707.