Patient Stories: Colon and Rectal Surgery

"I had a colonoscopy and found I needed surgery for a cancerous growth on my small bowel. My surgeon at UMass Memorial, Dr. Maykel, was very knowledgeable about my situation. He was professional, competent and compassionate, which to me is the ideal combination. I also can't say enough about the staff at UMass Memorial. They encouraged me to get in touch with them if I had any questions or problems, and they knew what to do to solve any issue. After the surgery, I was able to return to work and get back to my normal routines. Overall, having the surgery dramatically improved my quality of life. I would highly recommend Dr. Maykel and his staff to anyone without any hesitation."
Paula H., Millbury, MA
Colon Cancer

"During a routine colonoscopy, my doctor found something that required additional testing. Almost immediately after those tests, I was scheduled for a laparoscopic resection for colon cancer at UMass Memorial. The staff there treated me with such respect. Although I was diagnosed with cancer, they gave me hope and made it a positive experience, even though I was facing a very uncertain outcome. And my surgical care was excellent. The day after surgery, I had very little pain and went back to work only one week later. I think so much of Dr. Maykel and his team that my daughter is going to see him for her colonoscopy."
Deidre L., Worcester, MA
Colon Cancer

"I am a nurse, but I had to stop working prior to my surgery because the symptoms of diverticulitis wore me down. One of my fellow nurses recommended that I see Dr. Justin Maykel. He performed a miracle. My gut was a mess, but he is a gifted surgeon and highly professional. I have a very warm feeling about my care at UMass Memorial. The nurses and doctors are outstanding. And since the surgery, I have never felt so good. I feel like I've got my life back."
Mary D., Marlborough, MA

"For over 10 years, I suffered with hemorrhoids. It got to the point where I couldn't sit or stand comfortably. Finally, I decided to do something about the pain and scheduled a hemorrhoidectomy with Dr. Sturrock. The office staff at UMass Memorial was wonderful! I was treated with respect and dignity during the workup, and the staff took the time needed to make sure I felt comfortable along the way. I was amazed at how the pain subsided. I can play with my kids again, and I even went swimming a couple of weeks after surgery. The surgery has changed my life for the better!"
Michelle C., Worcester, MA