MAYWOOD, IL – Colon and rectal surgeon Marc Singer, MD, who uses minimally invasive techniques in most of his surgeries, has joined Loyola Medicine.
Dr. Singer treats colon and rectal cancer; inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis; anal and rectal disease, including hemorrhoids, fistulas and fissures; fecal incontinence; and diverticulitis. He sees patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center and Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center in Maywood.
By employing a full array of the latest laparoscopic techniques, Dr. Singer is able to perform minimally invasive procedures in about 80 percent of his surgeries, which is significantly higher than the national average. These techniques result in smaller incisions and scars, less pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries.
Dr. Singer is among a select group of surgeons who perform an advanced, minimally invasive technique called endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) to remove large colorectal growths called polyps that are or will become cancerous. Rather than performing invasive open surgery to remove the polyps, Dr. Singer uses a long narrow instrument that is passed through the rectum. There are no incisions and the patient goes home the same day or next day. Dr. Singer travelled to Japan three times to learn the technique.
Many of the conditions Dr. Singer treats are embarrassing to patients, so he said he is careful to be sensitive to their concerns and to protect their privacy.
"I try hard to listen to what patients are saying," he said. "I do a lot more listening than talking."
Dr. Singer earned his medical degree and completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Washington University Medical Center.
Dr. Singer is an associate professor in the division of colon and rectal surgery in the department of surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He is board certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery.