Colorectal

Colorectal Surgery at GBMC
Patient Education
6535 North Charles St.
Physicians Pavillion West
Suite 445
Baltimore, MD 21204
Phone 410-494-1192
Meet Our Team
The Division of Colorectal Surgery uses advanced, minimally invasive techniques to treat a range of colorectal disorders, benign and malignant, including prolapse and hemorrhoids, diverticulitis and colorectal cancer. Physicians evaluate, diagnose and treat fecal incontinence using pre-operative testing, endoscopy, manometry, electromyography and nerve studies. Physicians may recommend surgical repair or biofeedback. They also treat rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, restorative proctocolectomy and treatment of renal bleeding and discomfort after radiation.

Services Offered - Colorectal Surgery

The colorectal surgeons at GBMC are experts in the treatment of a variety of procedures for various conditions including:
  • Cancer of the colon and rectum
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticular disease
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Anal and rectal pain
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Removal of polyps
  • Inflammatory Bowel disease
  • Sphincter Saving Procedures
  • Treatment of Fecal Incontinence
Our Physicians

George Apostolides, MD FACS
Division Head of Colorectal Surgery
Director of Colon and Rectal Surgery


Michael Gillespie, MD
Colon and Rectal Surgeon

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some signs and symptoms of colon cancer?
Symptoms can include abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding and unexplained weight loss. All symptoms should be fully evaluated by your physician.

What is a polyp?
A polyp is a growth in the colon or rectum, and is usually small and doesn't give off symptoms. Some polyps, if left in the colon long enough, can turn into cancer.

What is a colonoscopy?
This is an examination of the colon and rectum. The procedure uses a camera attached to a flexible tube that's used to examine the colon lining.

What's the average length of a colonoscopy?
This total patient time generally takes between 2 - 3 hours. The procedure is less than 30 minutes.

At what age should I start having a regular colonoscopy?
The average age for regular screenings is 50, however individuals who are at higher risk or are exhibiting symptoms, should start earlier.
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