Physician Detail

William Vincent Sardella, MD

Chief, Surgery, Secretary of Staff, Hartford Hospital

4.7 /5
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Practice

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

Specialty

Colon & Rectal Surgery, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty
General Surgery, Board Certified < Not accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Anal Cancer, Anal Fissures, Anal Fistulas and Fissures, Appendectomy, Cancer of the Small Intestine, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Crohn's Disease, Diverticular Disease, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gallbladder Surgery, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Ileoanal Pouch Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Inherited Colorectal Cancers, Intestinal Surgery, Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Colon Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Pilonidal Surgery, Pouchoscopy, Rectal Cancer, Rectal Prolapse, Robotic Colon Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Sphincter Sparing Surgery, Ulcerative Colitis

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhospital.org/WilliamSardella

Institute URL

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/cancer

Phone

860.548.7336

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Gender
Male

Languages
English


Office Locations


  • West Hartford Surgery Center at Blue Back Square

    65 Memorial Road
    Suite 500
    West Hartford, CT 06107
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    Phone: 860.586.8655

  • Hartford Hospital GI Endoscopy Center and Advanced Procedures

    85 Jefferson Street
    3rd Floor
    Hartford, CT 06106
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    Phone: 860.545.2785

  • Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at Hartford Hospital Department of Colorectal Surgery

    85 Seymour Street
    Suite 425
    Hartford, CT 06106
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    Phone: 860.548.7336
    Fax: 860.524.2651

  • Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

    330 Western Boulevard
    2nd Floor
    Glastonbury, CT 06106
    Gateway Medical Office Park - South
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    Phone: 860.246.2071
    Fax: 860.284.0080


Bio

It’s the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women combined in the United States. Yet, one in three people are not up-to-date when it comes to colorectal cancer screening.

Dr. William Sardella, a colorectal surgeon at Hartford Hospital talks about the importance of getting routine colonoscopies…

Q. Let’s talk about the colonoscopy itself…many people fear them. But, in fact, they are easier than you might think. What is entailed?

A. Colonoscopy remains the gold-standard for colorectal screening. Although the procedure requires bowel preparation, the added value it brings with regards to polyp detection and reduction of cancer risk is well worth the minimal downside. There are a wide variety of bowel preparations available and all have the goal of efficiently cleansing the colon to improve visualization. Although some patients may have concerns or have heard that bowel preparation is difficult, the majority of preps nowadays are reasonably palatable and relatively easy to complete.

Alternative methods for colorectal screening exist but none are as accurate as colonoscopy nor do they allow removal of potentially pre-cancerous polyps. Stool tests such as Guiaic or FIT tests detect the presence of blood or hemoglobin in the stool. Cologuard is a stool test designed to detect both blood in the stool as well as abnormal DNA associated with polyps or colorectal cancer. Despite their relative simplicity, stool tests have a recognized false positive and false negative rate meaning that polyps or colorectal cancer can be missed. In addition, if a positive result is obtained, colonoscopy is required to confirm.

Q. Early detection of polyps and colon cancer is so vital. If caught early can treatment be more effective?

A. Early detection of colon polyps and colorectal cancer is essential. Detecting and removing potentially pre-cancerous polyps while they are benign is the ultimate goal of screening. If a malignant polyp or tumor is identified, early diagnosis has a direct impact upon prognosis and simplifies treatment as surgical removal is typically all that is required.

Q. Describe the stages of colon cancer and prognosis of each stage…

A. Staging of colorectal cancer has a direct impact upon treatment and prognosis. There are 4 stages of colorectal cancer which depend upon the degree of local tumor growth, involvement of regional lymph nodes, and the presence of distant spread to other areas of the body. While advances in chemotherapy has helped tremendously, more advanced stages of colorectal cancer at diagnosis are associated with a worse prognosis.

Q. What are some of the treatment options for patients with colon cancer?

A. Surgical removal of the colorectal segment and the regional lymph nodes is the mainstay of treatment and is all that's required for early stage cancers. Lymph nodes removed at surgery are examined by a pathologist and, if involved by tumor cells, postoperative chemotherapy is generally recommended. For rectal cancer, preoperative chemotherapy and radiation is commonly recommended before surgery.

If you would like to learn more, call 833.925.0096.


Education

Medical School

  • Tufts University School of Medicine 1983

Residency

  • Hartford Hospital

Fellowship

  • Allentown Affiliated Hospitals, Colon and Rectal Surgery

Undergraduate

  • Tufts University 1979 BS

Faculty Appointments

University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Surgery, Assistant Clinical Professor
Dartmouth College Medical School, Surgery, Adjunct Assistant Professor



Insurance Accepted*

Aetna, Anthem, BCBS Medicare, Cigna Healthcare, Colonial Cooperative Care, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Connecticare, Connecticare Commercial, Connecticare Medicare, Corvel, Coventry, Essence Healthcare, Evercare, First Health Group Corp., Focus, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Connecticut, Health Direct, Health New England, Healthy Connecticut, HMC/Northeast Healthcare, Medspan Commercial, Medspan Medicare, Multiplan, Northeast Health Direct, One Health Plan/Great-West Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Prime Health Services, Private Health Care Systems, Inc., Senior Whole Health, United Healthcare, WellCare of Connecticut, Inc.

*This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.



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