Best booty doc in town?
Updated: Mar 11
Having gastro or rectal problems and don’t know which doctor to choose?
The answer is clear: avoid the run-around and see a specialist first!
We admit, finding answers to medical problems is not easy. Not only do we try to self-diagnose prior to seeking medical attention or try to just wait it out, but when we finally do look for a “doctor near me” to find an answer to our problems, we don’t even know where to start. When should I see my primary care before a specialist doctor? What kind of doctor even specializes in this type of colon and rectal treatment? What are my insurance coverage benefits for a colonoscopy? The list goes on…
What’s most important to know is simply which doctor takes care of what.
In the field of GI and colon and rectal issues, there is a distinction between two different types of medical professionals: a colorectal surgeon, also known as a proctologist, and a gastroenterologist.
These two classifications are defined by both the kind of practices performed and the education received for expertise in the GI tract, small intestine, colon, rectum and anal canal.
While a GI doctor might come to mind before considering a proctologist, don’t be fooled! A proctologist has more experience not only in diagnosis but treatment options as well. To clarify:
A GASTROENTEROLOGIST has training after medical school for the use of endoscopes and colonoscopes and may be board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, however, gastroenterologists are not trained in the operative treatment of diseases. Basically, a gastroenterologist cannot perform surgeries to treat hemorrhoids or treatment of diverticulitis, for example, or anything else for that matter pertaining to colon and rectal surgery. Gastroenterologists also can detect cancers, yet do not have the specialization education to treat colon cancer and other rectal cancers.
A PROCTOLOGIST, or a colorectal surgeon, on the other hand has approximately 6 years of training after medical school. They are board certified by the American Board of Surgery and can also be members of The American College of Surgeons. Colorectal surgeons (proctologists) are well-versed experts in all parts of the gastrointestinal tract, including the intestines, the colon, the rectum and the anal canal. Colorectal surgeons work specifically to not only determine disease, but perform surgical procedures to treat cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, to name a few.
Here in Tampa, Florida, general surgeon and colorectal surgeon Dr. Shiraz Farooq established ColoWell America as an innovative clinical concept specializing in both surgical and non-surgical treatment modalities for hemorrhoidal disease & various anorectal issues.
At ColoWell America, we offer direct patient care with easy access, walk-in visits & great quality options for quick & simple progressive procedures.
ColoWell America is the first premier colorectal specialty practice in Tampa, Florida, emphasizing modern treatments for common gastrointestinal and colorectal conditions, including upper GI endoscopy, colonoscopy, painless hemorrhoid treatment, fissure treatment, fistula treatment, anal manometry, fecal incontinence, accidental bowel leakage, etc. while optimizing care options with holistic methods to help control for recurrence, pain, inflammation, and more.
Dr. Farooq is an expert in a the newest approach to a proven procedure for hemorrhoids - Rubber Band Ligation. A quick and easy alternative to hemorrhoid surgery.
The treatment targets the blood vessel which feeds the hemorrhoid, ligating the blood vessel and cutting off the blood supply to the prolapsed hemorrhoid. The blood flow to the hemorrhoid is interrupted and it begins to shrink. Since the hemorrhoid has lost its connection with the feeding vessel, it continues to shrink and fall off during the 3-7 days following treatment.
Affordable, no time off necessary
No hospital visits
No need for special prep before procedure
Performed in office in minutes
Furthermore, Dr. Farooq specializes in addressing traditional treatments for conditions such as Crohn's disease, diverticular disease, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, gastrointestinal inflammation, ulcerative colitis, gall bladder disease, cancer, HIV, AIDs, PTSD, arthritis, etc. with plant medicine and plant-based diet options. Dr. Farooq strongly suggests high fiber diets for all patients and compassionately recommends medical cannabis for qualifying conditions, along with the use of CBD full spectrum products.