Achieving Better Outcomes

Colon cancer can be lethal and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States amongst both men and women. But with early detection it is beatable. Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists are actively engaged in helping patients beat the odds and achieve better outcomes. Our colorectal specialists perform more than 8,000 colonoscopies every year. Because the risk of colorectal cancer increases after ages 40 to 50 and rises sharply, TCRS recommends colonoscopy cancer screenings be performed no later than 50 and possibly earlier depending on health and family history. Discover how leading-edge technology and cancer screening protocols are helping TCRS deliver better outcomes than the national averages.

Colon Resections Done Using
a Minimally Invasive Technique

Length of Stay for Sigmoid
Resections for Diverticulitis

Patient Experience Scores

Elective Diverticulitis Surgeries Readmission Rates

Precancerous Polyp Detection Rate or Adenoma Detection Rate for Screening Colonoscopies
TCRS finds more precancerous polyps than the national average

• ADR/Polyp Detection Rate: *Coe, S. & Wallace, M. (2013). Assessment of adenoma detection rate benchmarks in women versus men. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 77(4), 631-635.

• Patient Experience Scores: Administered through National Research Corporation

• Elective Diverticulitis Surgeries Readmission Rates: Al Chalabi H, Kavanagh DO, Hassan L, Donnell KO, Nugent E, Andrews E, Keane FB, O’Riordain DS, Miller A, Neary P. The benefit of an enhanced recovery
programme following elective laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2010 Jun;25(6):761-6. doi: 10.1007/s00384-010-0902-0. Epub 2010 Feb 23. PubMed PMID: 20177688.

• Length of Stay for Sigmoid Resections for Diverticulitis: *El Zarrok Elgazwi K, Baca I, Grzybowski L, javascriptcks A. Laparoscopic sigmoidectomy for diverticulitis: a prospective study. JSLS. 2010 Oct-Dec;
14(4):469-75. doi: 10.4293/108680810X12924466008088. PubMed PMID: 21605507; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3083034.

• Colon Resections Done Using a Minimally Invasive Technique: “Of the 244129 colectomies performed during the study period, 126284 (51.7%) were Open , 116261 (47.6%) were Laparoscopic and 1584 (0.6%)
were robot-assisted”. Juo, Yen-Yi, Omar Hyder, Adil H. Haider, Melissa Camp, Anne Lidor, and Nita Ahuja. “Is Minimally Invasive Colon Resection Better Than Traditional Approaches?” JAMA
Surgery JAMA Surg 149.2 (2014): 177.

We are proud to have exceeded these national benchmarks for safe, quality procedures for colon cancer screenings and procedures. We work to provide these preventative services to all of our patients and to improve the outcomes for a better you. TCRS looks forward to the opportunity to provide this important preventative service for you or your loved one in the future. We will continue to measure and share our results so you can be assured of “better outcomes” going forward.

Knowing the Difference Between a Hemorrhoid and Colon Cancer

Do you really know the difference from the symptoms of a hemorrhoid and colon cancer? For many patients, this is a difficult call. In fact, around 90 percent of colon and rectal cancer patients wrongly assume they have hemorrhoids because of such similar symptoms as rectal itching and rectal bleeding. Thanks to their training, our specialists will know the difference between a hemorrhoid and colon cancer.

90% of colon and rectal cancer patients wrongly assume they have hemorrhoids

If you are experiencing any new signs of rectal bleeding, no matter what your age, you should consult a colorectal specialist immediately, especially if it is a new symptom. Hemorrhoids tend to flare and then go away, so bleeding patterns are more erratic and circumstantial.

If you are experiencing constant bleeding, increased bleeding or a combination of pain and bleeding, it may be something more than just hemorrhoids. Play it safe and set up an appointment. In most cases we will be able to see you that very day or certainly the next. Our commitment to early detection is just one of the ways we consistently deliver better outcomes for our patients and their families.