Dr. Michael Tarlowe’s range of services include:
The consultation is for patients who are suffering from conditions that are listed below and who consider surgical procedure as one of their treatment options:
- Cancer (colon, rectal or anal)
- Pre-cancerous lesions (polyps or benign tumors)
- Diverticulosis or diverticulitis
- Anal fissure
- Anorectal abscess and fistula
- Anal warts
- Pilonidal disease
- Fecal incontinence
Colorectal surgical procedures can be performed using either traditional open surgery or modern minimally invasive surgical techniques. All these different types of techniques will be explained in detail during the initial consultation with the surgeon. At the end of the consultation, the patient should have all the information he or she needs to decide whether to undergo surgery and, if so, what kind of surgery he or she prefers. The surgeon will provide expert recommendations, but the patient will still be responsible for making the final decision, making the initial consultation with the surgeon extremely important.
Generally speaking, the law of evidence in both civil and criminal cases confines the testimony of witnesses to statements of concrete facts within their own observation, knowledge and recollection. Testimony must normally state facts perceived by the witnesses’ use of their own senses, as distinguished from their opinions, inferences, impressions and conclusions drawn from the facts. Opinion testimony that is based on facts is usually considered incompetent and inadmissible, if the fact-finders are as well qualified as the witness to draw conclusions from the facts.
Expert witnesses are people who are qualified, either by actual experience of by careful study, to form definite opinions with respect to a division of science, a branch of art or a department of trade. The law deems people having no such experience or training to be incapable of forming accurate opinions or drawing correct conclusions. Thus, if scientific, technical or other specialized knowledge will assist a judge or jury to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training or education, may testify in the form of an opinion.
Courts do not apply a rigid rule in determining whether a particular witness is qualified to testify as an expert. Instead, an expert’s qualifications are normally evaluated on a witness-by-witness basis, according to the facts and issues of each case.
There are two general classes of matters as to which expert testimony is admissible. In the first class, the facts are stated by the experts and the conclusion is drawn by the jury. In the second class, the expert sets forth the facts and states a conclusion, in the form of an opinion, which may be accepted or rejected by the jury.
In medical malpractice cases, physicians may provide the jury with testimony regarding the underlying facts of the legal dispute and may aid the jury by describing the standard of care for diagnosis and treatment. The standard of care can be defined as what a normal, competent physician would have done in the same situation as what occurred in the legal dispute. The medical expert will give their opinion if the physician met that standard of care. If the standard of care was not met, the expert will also give an opinion if that failure directly led to the patient’s injury.