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Meet Dr. Gott: A Colorectal Surgeon Committed to Making Patients Comfortable

Mar 1, 2024
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We recently welcomed Melissa Gott, D.O., a colorectal surgeon, to the Inspira Health team. Dr. Gott approaches medicine collaboratively—she partners with her patients and works alongside specialists to develop the best treatment plans. She’s also committed to making her patients comfortable, whether it’s through her surgical techniques or her open lines of communication.

Using Robot-Assisted Surgical Techniques

Dr. Gott performs more robot-assisted surgeries than any other method. While some individuals may be wary of this relatively new technique, Dr. Gott has had extensive training in robotic surgery and strives to make every patient feel comfortable in her operating room. 

“Robot-assisted, minimally invasive colorectal surgery not only improves outcomes but also patient experiences,” said Dr. Gott. “Benefits of this approach to surgery include less pain, smaller incisions, lower risk of complications, and shorter hospital stays. I highly encourage my patients to get robotic surgery when appropriate, and I stay with them every step of the way.”

Relating to Patients with Humor

Gastrointestinal symptoms are not always easy to talk about, even with your trusted health care providers. But a lack of communication can be detrimental to your health, especially when it comes to catching and treating conditions early.

“I understand if you’re uncomfortable discussing symptoms like narrow stools, blood in the stool, and pain with bowel movements,” says Dr. Gott. “I like to tailor these conversations to each person that comes into my office—some people feel more at ease when I use humor, and some just look to me, as the provider, to ask more direct questions and name symptoms for them to identify with.”

Promoting the Importance of Colorectal Care

While treatment options for colorectal conditions have improved over the past few decades, the occurrence of colorectal cancer is rapidly rising among young adults. Dr. Gott emphasizes the importance of preventive care and early intervention, which includes getting your regular colonoscopy at the recommended age and letting your primary care provider know if you experience gastrointestinal symptoms like pain during bowel movements or blood in your stool.

“It’s extremely important to keep an open line of communication with your provider,” says Dr. Gott. “I’m able to schedule consultations with referred patients fairly quickly, and I like to keep your referring provider up-to-date so we can work together on your care plan.”

Read more about colorectal care and click here to request an appointment with Dr. Gott.

Topics: Inspira