Dr. Juan Lucas Poggio's clinical expertise includes both advanced laparoscopic and open surgical management of primary and recurrent colon and rectal cancer and also anal sphincter preserving procedures for distal rectal cancer.
His clinical interests include laparoscopic treatment of diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal polyps, and anal sphincter incontinence. He is the head of the newly developed robotic colorectal surgery program. In keeping with his commitment to providing patients with a safer, more efficient surgical procedure with fast recovery time, Dr. Poggio has recently added the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System to his practice. Robotic colorectal surgery offers:
- Smaller incision
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery time
- Better preservation of sexual function and bladder control
It also affords the surgeon a better view of the abdominal and pelvic area, with high-definition three-dimensional views. The improved dissection abilities allow for a more precise surgery.
Dr. Poggio is one of the first surgeons in the area to offer robotic colorectal surgery, and is available for consultation with patients who need treatment for colorectal cancer, including sphincter-preserving surgery, as well as benign conditions like diverticulitis, polyps, inflammatory bowel disease and rectal prolapse.
Dr. Poggio has extensive experience with endorectal ultrasound for staging of rectal cancer and has been a course instructor for several years at the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons annual meeting. He is also experienced in all aspects of anorectal disease including hemorrhoidal surgery with minimal pain.
Dr. Poggio is committed to excellence in the care of the patient and follows a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of colorectal cancer. He completed his training in colon and rectal surgery at Henry Ford Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Poggio holds a master's in tumor biology from the Mayo Clinic and is actively involved in research and education.
Dr. Poggio is board certified in both general surgery and colorectal surgery, and is an active member of numerous medical societies. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and of the American College of Surgeons. He is originally from Argentina and he speaks fluent Spanish.
Affiliated Hospital: Hahnemann University Hospital
Meet Drexel Medicine Colorectal Surgeon Juan Lucas Poggio, M.D.