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We are conveniently located near St Josephs Hospital.

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Our new office is open:

Monday - Friday
8:30am to 5pm
All Patients seen by appointment.

No show/ Missed Appointment Policy

Office visits without 24 businness hours cancellation notice
Outpatient procedures without 48 business hours cancellation notice
We strive to confirm/remind you of your appointment 2 days prior as a courtesy. In the case of personal/family emergencies that cause cancellations, fees will be waived.

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Dr Slezak performs her surgery and colonoscopy at Tampa Outpatient Surgery Center and St. Josephs Hospital, both convienently located just minutes from the office.

Questions for Dr. Slezak

Dr. Slezak is often asked several questions by her patients. Here are some of the more common questions and her answers.

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Is the colon the same thing as the intestine?

What is a Colorectal Surgeon?

Answer: A colorectal surgeon is a physician who specializes in the treatment of colon and anorectal disease. After completing training as a general surgeon, subspecialty training then begins in the field of colon and rectal surgery.

What problems does a colorectal surgeon treat?

Answer: Colorectal surgeons treat a variety of conditions. Dr. Slezak has limited her practice to colonoscopy and anorectal disease. Examples of anorectal disease include rectal pain, hemorrhoids, fissures, perirectal abscess, and fistulas to name a few.

What is a colonoscopy?

Answer: A colonoscopy is a procedure used to examine the lining of the colon. The majority of colon cancers start in this lining so colonoscopy is the best way to examine this area and screen for colon cancer. The procedure involves the use of a thin, flexible endoscope, connected to a camera and video display monitor. Through this scope, your physician examines the colon. If small growths, called polyps, are identified, they are removed during the procedure and sent for pathologic examination. Your physician will then review the results of the colonoscopy and any biopsy results at your follow-up appointment.

What are colon polyps?

Answer: Colon polyps are small non-cancerous growths in the lining of the colon. They usually do not cause symptoms so people don?t know that they have them. Over time, a small portion of these growths can grow larger and eventually become cancerous. It is widely believed that all colon cancers start out as these small, noncancerous growths before they become colon cancer.

Who should have a colonoscopy?

Answer: There are several reasons your physician may recommend a colonoscopy. Everyone age 50 and over should have a colonoscopy as the risk of colon cancer significantly increases after 50. Other reasons include rectal bleeding, changes in your bowel habits, abdominal pain, unintentional weight loss.

What is the risk of developing colon cancer?

Answer: The average risk for the general population is 1 person in 20. This makes colon cancer the third most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death. There are groups of people who have a higher risk of developing colon cancer, and these individuals may need to be screened earlier in life.

Who is at high risk for colon cancer?

Answer: People at highest risk for colon cancer are those with a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps, a history of Crohn?s disease or ulcerative colitis, women with a history of breast, ovarian or uterine cancer, and people who have had colon cancer in the past. Very rare diseases such as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (aka Lynch syndrome or HNPCC) and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) carry the highest risk.

Is colon cancer preventable?

Answer: Yes, by detecting colon polyps early and removing them with colonoscopy, they never have a chance to develop into colon cancer.

What is the preparation for colonoscopy?

Answer: The day before the procedure requires a clear liquid fast and a preparation with laxative tablets and an oral solution. There are many different preps available and your physician can chose one that?s best for you.

Is the procedure performed in the office?

Answer: No, the procedure is usually performed in an outpatient setting. A consultation with the physician is performed in the office to discuss the procedure and review your medical history and then the procedure is scheduled as an outpatient.

Is the procedure painful?

Answer: No. The procedure is performed while you are sedated. The sedation is given intravenously and the result is that you sleep while the procedure is being performed. There is no discomfort and most patients have no recollection of the exam being performed.

Is there any recovery time needed after the procedure?

Answer: No. Some patients may feel some bloating afterwards, but there is usually no pain. You should not drive for the rest of the day or consume alcohol, but most people feel fine afterwards.

Should I be concerned about rectal bleeding?

Answer: Rectal bleeding is not normal and can be a symptom of many different problems. Any rectal bleeding should be evaluated by a physician to determine if further testing is indicated.

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Disclaimer: The information on this site is not medical advice and should not be taken as medical advice. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease and is in no way meant to be a substitute for professional medical care. Patients and prospective patients should schedule an appointment or consult their own physician if they suspect they have a health condition or serious medical problem.