For decades a team of Central Florida colorectal surgeons have been on the forefront of cutting-edge surgical treatment options that have changed the lives of their patients and garnered international recognition. Now, with the official opening of the colorectal division of the Endo-Surgical Center of Florida, the surgeons will be able to provide additional access to patients in need of highly specialized colorectal surgery.
The practice is an integrated center that provides patients with what they need: first-rate care for the entire GI system. This is done by combining board certified gastroenterology specialists of the Digestive and Liver Center with board certified colorectal surgeons Sergio Larach, MD and Sam Atallah, MD. Our scope of practice encompasses from GI motility and Pelvic Floor Diagnostics (ultrasonography and high-tech 3D model manometry), anorectal diseases, to advanced cutting-edge laparoscopic and robotic surgery for colon diseases. This provides patients with more complete care for all aspects of the digestive tract. The autonomous nature of our practice allows us to put patients first, and give them the choice of hospitals thereby maximizing options and increasing patient satisfaction.
Our colorectal surgeons collaborate with other practices including gastroenterologists throughout the Central Florida community to provide colorectal surgery services and refer them back to their physician for follow up care.
The Endo-Surgical Center of Florida is strategically located at the intersection of the 408 and 417 expressways, making it easily accessible from Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, Oviedo, and even Melbourne and the entire Space Coast. The surgery center is located just a few miles from Orlando’s International Airport (MCO), which also simplifies the experience for patients arriving from out of state for surgical consultation. Dr. Atallah and Dr. Larach, due to their well-known international reputation as leaders in the field of colorectal surgery, also see patients frequently from out of state.
PERSONALIZED CARE FOR PATIENTS
The patient experience is the number one priority from the moment one steps inside the Endo-Surgical Center of Florida.
“Patients often want to know why they should choose one doctor over another,” explains Dr. Sam Atallah: “There are three things: personalized care, expertise, and innovation. That’s part of our everyday focus here.” The surgeons adamantly focus on a more private and coveted patient physician relationship.
“We believe in trust and relationships based on communication between the patient and physician,” explains Dr. Sergio Larach. “Quality time and one-on-one relationships are critical. Often in this healthcare landscape patients go to a doctor’s appointment, and either don’t see a doctor or see one for a very short period of time. Here, we operate differently.”
“Innovation is what sets us apart and we are pioneers in our field. Based on our work over the past 30 years, we have developed surgical treatment options that change and save the lives of our patients,” explains Dr. Larach.
TAMIS – The Giant Leap Forward
In 2009, Dr. Larach and Dr. Atallah, in collaboration with one other surgeon, co-developed a revolutionary approach to the removal of rectal tumors and polyps called TAMIS – TransAnal Minimally Invasive Surgery. Since the first surgery of its kind was performed in Orlando in 2009, it has been widely accepted and globally adapted.
TAMIS allows surgeons to perform surgery through the anus, without any scars and with minimal or no pain afterward. Most often TAMIS is used to remove early-stage rectal cancers and pre-cancerous growths from the rectum. Using laparoscopic equipment, high-definition cameras and a specialized insufflation system, the TAMIS device provides an alternative for patients who otherwise would have been subjected to radical surgery.
“TAMIS has led to the next step in advanced rectal cancer surgery, tumors of the rectum can be removed with less scars, better outcomes and with some patients avoiding a permanent ostomy. This is a curable disease and TAMIS helps patients survive it and thrive,” says Dr. Atallah.
“TAMIS was a giant leap forward for the treatment of colorectal tumors,” says Dr. La-rach. “Patients can often go home either the same day or the next day after surgery. TAMIS provides us with improved access to tumors, so we can remove them in their entirety, with a higher rate of cancer clearance. Because it’s a well-tolerated procedure our patients ultimately have better outcomes and can go on with their lives.”
The surgeons will soon begin offering treatments with a flexible robotic system. Only six centers in the United States have been selected to start using the system for advanced colorectal use.
For the founders of the Endo-Surgical Center and the Digestive and Liver Center treat-ing patients has always been about, and will remain focused, on accessibility, affordability and quality care.
“A specialized center of this kind is unique. There is nothing like this in Central Florida and it’s a rarity in the United States. This is a physician-owned place where we put our heart and mind into everything that we do. Our team of doctors are here because they want to do what they are passionate about, which is taking care of patients,” explains Dr. Sheela.
Our care philosophy is simple: Individualize Patient Care and Provide Cutting Edge Surgical Solutions.
For appointments or to refer a patient to Dr. Atallah Dr. Larach please call 407-384-7388.
For more information please visit EndoSurgFlorida.com
By Katie Dagenais