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  • Douglas Bennett with Dr. Igancio (left) and Dr. Haas (right)

    Douglas Bennett with Dr. Igancio (left) and Dr. Haas (right)

    We were faced with an unimaginable diagnosis of the “C” word back in August 2014, something that you never want to hear. We never mentioned the “C” because we wanted only to speak about CURE, HEALING and not mention that word. We pray you or your family never have to face the “C” word. But if you do, pray about it, ask God for guidance, don’t lose hope, surround yourself with a good support system Family, friends (whatever your support system looks like), a good church home, cry together or by yourself and know it is ok to do that, educate yourself as much as you can about YOUR particular “C”, ask questions and if something does not sound right then trust that feeling. It is a process I can assure you and there are days that are not easy. One thing for sure is find a good doctor that is knowledgeable in that type of surgery and can meet your needs. And we did just that!

    We were directed to Dr. Haas & Dr. Oscar Igancio Moreno-Ponte. We were so overwhelmed at first with the diagnosis but they did their absolute best to ease our fears!
    We were given options and our suggestions were taken into consideration as well. It was about being a team player! Ask questions and that we did! If we called, the staff was very polite and courteous. We never had to wait very long in their office on Fannin. They were very patient with all our questions, took the time to answer them and we felt like family. The surgery took place on September 30, 2014 and even though it took longer than expected we were given updates about what was going on from Memorial Hermann staff and most importantly Dr. Eric Hass and Dr. Oscar Igancio Moreno-Ponte.
    They explained everything before, during and after the surgery in great detail and at a time like that it is very stressful and that is important.
    Although we have gone through a VERY traumatic, life changing experience the end result has been nothing short of amazing! We are forever grateful!

    Dr. Haas also came out and told us that Doug needs to know that the Cancer is gone and that is what he needs to focus on. Dr. Oscar Igancio Moreno-Ponte always came in to the hospital and checked in and took his time to treat us with the utmost respect. Both of them put our mind at ease and we were very impressed that with a surgery as major as this it was like their everyday job. We felt like we went to the best of the best! So if you ever are faced with the diagnosis of colorectal cancer then don’t hesitate for one minute to let these amazing doctors perform your surgery. The robotic assisted technology expertise that they have and are knowledgeable in is nothing short of astonishing! So as of this day The “C” word will not be mentioned in our home!

    ~Douglas Bennett had his 3 week check up on October 20, 2014 and all is healing well! We are all very impressed! We are so grateful for Dr. Eric Haas & Dr. Oscar Igancio Moreno-Ponte and the staff at Colorectal Surgical Associates.. We know God is our healer and He used the hands of these amazing doctors to do His work. And we know He is well able to complete the healing that He has started in Doug’s body.

    F164612032After my surgery, I was released from the hospital with no post-surgery complications. During the 10 days post surgery, I had very little pain. I was prescribed pain medication which I took for only 3 days because I did not feel that the pain was that severe. I then worked part-time for the local sheriff’s department, planted my garden and began construction on my “elevator lift.” During my follow up appointment I was seen by Dr. Haas and he released me to do anything I was capable of doing prior to surgery. I am still very active at 81….But, 81 is just a number!!

    -G.L

    F164612033I have been with Dr. Haas for the past year. From the moment that my family had contact with the professional staff of Dr. Haas, action was fast and swift. Everyone had your best interest at heart. I was having problems with my colon; Dr. Haas had explained the procedures where a common person can understand. To be honest with you, I had some doubts and fears about having surgery at first, but after very well conversations with Dr. Haas, I knew that he cared about me and that everything was going to be fine, I could feel the peace in the tone of his voice that put my fears at ease. Before, during, and after the surgery, there was constant contact with his staff, helping me through the process of recovery. Three months after the surgery, I was back lifting weights, not as much, but lifting. When talking to other family members and friends about this doctor, that he is a very skilled professional in the area of colon surgery Dr. Hass professional staffs help me recover much faster with my best interest in mind. They were all very caring in everything they said and did. It has been almost one year and I feel much better, and I’m much healthier.

    -C.B.

    Three years ago, I was referred to Dr. Mahmood for a colon resection due to a cancerous tumor. He clearly explained the preferable laproscopic procedure and the alternative surgery if it became necessary. From surgery through the recovery period, which went very well, I found Dr. Mahmood to be an excellent and caring surgeon. He always took plenty of time to answer all my questions, never rushing me out, and gently calming my fears. He was always concerned about my quality of life. He sincerely cares about his patients. I have recommended Dr. Mahmood to others and will continue to do so. Thank you, Dr. Mahmood, for saving my life.

    -C.L.

    During a colonoscopy being done by my gastroenterologist, six polyps were found. Only five could be removed at this time, due to the fact that the sixth one was too large to be removed with the scope. My gastroenterologist recommended Dr. Haas, stating that “he was the best in the business”. I immediately made an appointment for consultation. Wait at office on consultation day was minimum; staff was polite and very professional. Dr. Haas reviewed my file sent to him by my gastroenterologist, explained my procedure, hospital stay, and recovery in detail and a surgery date was scheduled. For it being the first surgery in my 58 years I had no concerns when I left his office.

    On the day of surgery (Tuesday) everything went well, and before I knew it I was in recovery with my wife & son at my side, even my wife who is a 15 year registered nurse was very pleased with the way things went. Doctor made several visits during my hospital stay and after two days, with very little pain I was discharged (Thursday). I took one pain pill that Friday and the last one Saturday morning (total of two pain pills after discharge).

    Had follow up visit 20 days after surgery with no issues, didn’t look or feel like I even had surgery. He did state that if I had waited another month for surgery, we would have been talking about chemo because the cells were starting to change.

    I was back at work, working half days after three weeks and full duty after four weeks. I’ve been encouraging my friends and family to have their colon checked as soon as possible, don’t wait 58 years like I did. It feels so good to hear a doctor say “No Chemo Needed.”

    I could go on & on with nothing but good things to say about Dr. Haas and his staff, but I’ll stop here.

    Thank you Dr. Eric Haas & staff

    I know I’m blessed to have you in my corner.

    -Harold C.

    I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Haas and his staff. I was diagnosed with rectal cancer after my first colonoscopy, with absolutely no symptoms. Needless to say, this was something I never expected to hear. I live in west Texas, but have family in Houston and was encouraged to come to Houston to see Dr. Haas, at least for a second opinion. My brother-in-law was the first in our family to have experienced treatment from this amazing surgeon. He literally saved his life! I agreed to come to Houston, and after meeting Dr Haas there was no question that I was where I needed to be for my treatment. Dr Haas did two surgeries to remove the cancerous tumor in my rectum. He then referred me to an Oncologist in Houston where I underwent chemo and radiation for six weeks. I have no doubt that Dr. Haas was the reason I am cancer free today. I have since that time been able to refer another dear friend from Midland to Dr. Haas who also has been diagnosed with rectal cancer and he is undergoing treatment in Houston as well. I think Dr. Haas is a brilliant surgeon, and I do not feel anyone could be in better hands than his. His entire staff was very encouraging and helpful to me as well. On my last followup visit last week I informed the staff that a picture of Dr. Haas is on my screensaver at work, right along with pictures of my late husband and my grandchildren!

    -Terri S.

    Dr. Haas was outstanding in handling my procedure and follow up visits. I highly recommend him and his associates. He made me feel very relaxed with his mannerism and professionalism. Thank you for a job well done.

    -Therrel H.

    Two years ago I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I was very delicate and the first impression I had is that I will die soon. Then I asked for a doctor’s name and they recommended Dr. Eric Haas. Since the first visit I had in his office, my fears disappeared, and when the doctor closed the door to his office and sat in front of my family, he explained everything about the treatment had to follow and always responded to questions that my children and husband were asking from that day. And despite how long and difficult it has been, in my recovery, I have always felt safe in the hands of this fantastic doctor. I just want to say thanks because there are doctors like you. Thanks.

    -Eugenia P.

    dcDr. Haas, I just wanted to let you know that Dr. Sweatt here in Lake Jackson only found 2 small polyps last week for my annual colonoscopy. He also pointed out to me that your surgery sight looked as if “NO ONE HAD BEEN THERE!!!” Truly amazing. Thank you for a job well done! You did my reversal Dec. 28, 2010. By coincidence only, we married off our 27 year old son on Dec 28, 2012. Could you imagine a Dad not being there for that! Thanks Dr. Haas! You do good work!!! Needless to say I was celebrating doubly that day. I hope life has been to you and your staff as well as you have helped mine to be. Happy New Year. God bless you and your team of professionals at CSA.
    -D.C.

    For 40 years and 3 surgeries I’ve struggled with the debilitating effects of Crohn’s disease. For the last 2 years I endured considerable pain and strain of having a serious Crohn’s related rectal stricture. I had extensive tests and consultations with 3 gastroenterologists and 2 colorectal surgeons and was told they had never seen a condition this severe and that they could not help me.

    Two of these specialists recommended that I see Dr. Eric Hass, which I promptly did, fully expecting to undergo painful, risky surgery with a long recuperation period. In one quick exam, Dr. Hass knew immediately what to do and put me on a simple daily dilation procedure that I easily do at home myself in just a few minutes. Almost immediately, I was back to near normal function and I will be forever grateful to Dr. Hass and his terrific staff.
    Over the past 4 decades, I’ve been under the care of over a dozen doctors…many of whom were excellent physicians. But, with his state-of-the-art knowledge, natural talent and ability, availability plus his true patient caring, Dr. Hass has earned my total trust and gratitude far above the rest. I highly recommend him to anyone suffering from colorectal problems of any kind or severity.

    -Roger

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    In July of 2009, I had my entire colon removed and after approximately six days of bleeding internally, emergency surgery was done. I almost passed away. After this operation I had an ileostomy bag that I thought I would have to wear the rest of my life. Arriving at a great rehab hospital in an ambulance, after 10 days I drove my car off the parking lot, to the doctor and the staff’s surprise. Then determined to have the ileostomy bag taken down, I went to see my cardiologist to get his approval for the surgery. Stints which were put in a year before were now clogged up, and I had to have a triple bypass. The evening of the surgery I was sitting up in the bed, and within four days I was home and walking up and down my street. I then started doing my research on who would be the most qualified surgeon to put my life in their hands. My wife had a close friend whose husband had used Dr. Haas for a similar operation, and we went one weekend to their home. We talked with them and he was so convincing in all aspects that I knew Dr. Haas and no one else was the surgeon to do my operation. I met with Dr. Haas and asked him who would be doing my surgery. He said he was. He asked “what you think I will be doing, eating donuts?” I liked this a lot because not only was he a highly skilled surgeon, but he had a personality as well! I saw Dr. Haas and his colleagues many times over several months before he said, with a lot of certainty, that he would do the operation and it should be successful. He operated on me one morning and as I was being rolled into the operating room, Dr. Haas was standing there smiling with a cup of coffee. I asked him where his donuts were, and he said I have already had my donuts and I am ready for you. What a true professional and with a sense of humor. I would highly recommend Dr. Haas to my friends and family. If you have any questions about my comments, call his office and I will be more than glad to talk or meet with you regarding this true professional.

    -Jan

    I have suffered from chronic constipation for most of my life. My gastroenterologist referred me to Dr. Haas because of his reputation and success in colorectal surgery. Prior to surgery Dr. Haas explained he would remove part of my colon to relieve my constipation… The obvious benefit was my quality of life; the less obvious benefit has been my peace of mind.
    Thank you Dr. Haas for giving me the life I never believed existed.

    – Angela

    I had my ileostomy surgery on January 25, 2011 and it changed my life. I was so sick with Crohn’s prior to the surgery I could no longer work, was on disability and had no quality of life. I am now back to a healthy normal weight, able to exercise, have returned to work and am now pregnant with my first child! My life has improved so much in the last year! I can finally be a wife, daughter, friend and physical therapist again—instead of just being sick. I have my identity back and now I get to add it to being a mother. Thank you!

    — Amanda, Round Rock, TX

    “During a routine checkup and physical exam, I asked my primary physician to order a Colonoscopy for me due to I had been experiencing chronic constipation lately. Because of my age 48 years old, great physical health, healthy lifestyle, and no family history of Colon Cancer; we were all shocked and surprised when they discovered I had a cancerous polyp on my Colon. When the surgeon I was referred to told me he was going to have to perform an open laparoscopic technique which consist of a six (6) inch scar, and removal of my whole Transverse Colon, and a long hospital stay with a risk of infection I was almost in tears and could not believe this was happening to me.

    I immediately went online as soon as I got home and did some research. I searched for surgeons that can perform the closed laparoscopic technique. I found the Colorectal Surgical Associates web site at www.houstoncolon.com and I was really impressed after reading about Dr.Eric Haas. I immediately told my husband that Dr. Haas was the Surgeon I wanted to perform my surgery and I was confident he could save my life and my body. Thanks to the skills of Dr. Haas and the advanced closed laparoscopic minimally invasive technique used, I m practically scar free and can wear a bikini. Dr. Haas made me feel comfortable, safe, and full of hope. My family and I want to tell Dr. Haas, his team, and all of the staff at Fannin Surgicare and The Methodist Hospital in Houston Texas thank you for such outstanding customer service and care.”

    — Yvonne, Tulsa, OK

    When a person hears the words, “I’m sorry, but the pathology indicates cancer”, it can be a very traumatic time.

    My first response was to ask what was next.

    This is the point where it is critical for a doctor to do several things. They must communicate clearly what the known extent of the problem is, what options the patient has available, and a sense of confidence in being able to help the patient.

    Dr. Eric Haas did all of this extremely well.

    Following each of my surgeries Dr. Haas and his staff showed a concern for my well-being. In doing so, Dr. Haas did something a patient needs …he conveyed the feeling that as a patient, you’re not just a number or a some illness, but rather, an individual whom the doctor cares about.

    In addition, Dr. Haas’ competency with the da Vinci robotic surgery system I believe has
    contributed to my rapid recovery following each surgery.

    Due to my experience with Dr. Haas, I would recommend that anyone facing a colo-rectal surgery seek him out. He is, in my opinion, the best surgeon for these procedures I could have had anywhere in the U.S.

    — Bill

    “My surgeon suggested including Dr. Haas in my case because of the need for a subject matter expert in colorectal surgery. My case involved the takedown of a colostomy after complications arose during previous surgeries. My surgeon had experience working with Dr. Haas and specifically recommended him because of Dr. Haas’ experience with surgery following complications. Also, my surgeon said Dr. Haas was kind and would be a good fit personally with me.

    Dr. Haas exceeded my expectations, not only of being extremely personable but also of being a skilled surgeon. My surgery with Dr. Haas was a success and he made me feel confident throughout the process that my previous complications were well within his abilities to address.

    Dr. Haas’ staff, assistants and fellow surgeons at CSA have taken care of me during this process. They have my highest esteem and have done a wonderful job seeing me though this.”

    –Mark, Pearland, TX

    “I’m sure you’re get tired of me thanking you but as each day passes so my gratitude increases. Thank you Dr. Haas.”

    “After meeting with multiple surgeons, it was instantly clear that Dr. Haas was the only doctor that I wanted operating on me. Because of his surgical method and expertise, I quickly knew that he would be the only doctor that would give me the final outcome I desired, as well as the most optimal quality of life. From the moment I walked into his office until now, he and his staff have gone above and beyond to assist me with any matter that has arisen. I feel fortunate every day that I was able to work through this life altering experience with such a highly qualified, caring specialist. I would recommend Dr. Haas to anyone needing colorectal surgery because he and his staff are second to none.”

    -Cleve, New Caney, TX

    “Dr. Haas and his associates are very professional. I felt very comfortable and in very good hands from the very fist call that I made to request an appointment, for the preparation for my first visit to the clinic, my diagnosis, the arrangements for surgery, surgery, recovery and follow up. They are a very well prepared and highly trained team of specialists who were always available when needed, making sure that I received the personal attention that I needed and had a full recovery.

    -Jaime, Chihuahua, Mexico

    “In July 09, I was told what nobody wants to hear, ‘You need surgery right away, it’s probable you have cancer.’ This began my journey. After several days considering my situation, I decided not to see the general surgeon, but to seek the best colorectal surgeon. Upon my first call to CSA, I knew that this was where I needed to be. Dr. Haas’ staff, in particular Melissa, was compassionate and caring and she answered all of my questions. Her genuine concern for my situation left me with peace in knowing that Dr. Haas was an excellent surgeon and that I could place my life in his care. From the skilled and crucial decisions made in surgery, along with my follow up care, Dr. Haas has been a major instrument in my health. Today I am cancer free. I am very grateful for the expertise and compassion from Dr. Haas and his team. It is my pleasure to recommend Dr. Haas and his staff. They are fully a blessing beyond measure.”

    -Michele, Richmond, TX

    “My surgeon suggested including Dr. Haas in my case because of the need for a subject matter expert in colorectal surgery.  My case involved the takedown of a colostomy after complications arose during previous surgeries.  My surgeon had experience working with Dr. Haas and specifically recommended him because of Dr. Haas’ experience with surgery following complications.  Also, my surgeon said Dr. Haas was kind and would be a good fit personally with me. 

    Dr. Haas exceeded my expectations, not only of being extremely personable but also of being a skilled surgeon.  My surgery with Dr. Haas was a success and he made me feel confident throughout the process that my previous complications were well within his abilities to address.

    Dr. Haas’ staff, assistants and fellow surgeons at CSA have taken care of me during this process.  They have my highest esteem and have done a wonderful job seeing me though this.” 

    -Mark, Pearland, TX

    “I would like to thank everyone in the Offices of Colorectal Surgical Associates (CSA) for the care that they provided me while going through a very difficult period in my life.
    I recall when my Oncologist informed me that I had colorectal cancer how it was probably the lowest feeling I’d ever had during my 50+ years in life. At first I didn’t know what to do. Then he told me who he wanted me to see: Dr. Eric Haas.

    I did not know anyone who had been to Dr Haas, and checking with some of my coworkers, nearly everyone recommended I see a doctor located in the Houston Medical Center, preferably one associated with MD Anderson Hospital. I very much trusted my oncologist and decided to visit Dr Haas’ office to speak to him first. Upon meeting Dr. Haas the first time, I thought he looked young and I wasn’t sure of his experience. However, after listening to him describe my options, and the honesty he demonstrated to me and my wife, my confidence in his knowledge grew. Dr. Haas told me what I should expect, and even though it wasn’t good news, he was very honest. He was direct and straight to the point about what actions would need to be taken and the choices I had to make. He said there were no guarantees.

    My choice was to follow whatever Dr. Haas instructed me to do and trust in his knowledge and experience. I went through the recommended chemo and radiation treatments and then surgery to remove any remaining tumor. Once in surgery it was confirmed that the tumor had been eradicated by the radiation. However, due to the location of the tumor and the scarring from the radiation, the decision was made to remove the area and surrounding tissue to improve the chance that the tumor would not return. This decision was a life changing event for me. For the next year, the physical changes had made my quality of life nearly unacceptable. All the while Dr. Haas was straight with me and left me the decision of either living that way or having the surgery to move to a colostomy. This was a very difficult decision to make, but I needed to have a better quality of life.

    I opted to have the surgery and my life has been great ever since. During this whole two to three year process of many visits to Dr. Haas’ office, the staff from the time I entered the office until I left the office were wonderful. The support given by every person in that office was the best care I’ve ever had without exception. The advice the doctor gave and the time he took to sit and explain everything he would do and what to expect was always right on. Should I ever know anyone diagnosed with colorectal cancer, I would recommend Dr. Haas and his staff of caring professionals. They all treated me with respect and dignity, and I couldn’t have asked for more.”

    -Eugene, Houston, TX

    “When a person hears the words, ‘I’m sorry, but the pathology indicates cancer’, it can be a very traumatic time.

    My first response was to ask what was next.

    This is the point where it is critical for a doctor to do several things. They must communicate clearly what the known extent of the problem is, what options the patient has available, and a sense of confidence in being able to help the patient.

    Dr. Eric Haas did all of this extremely well.

    Following each of my surgeries Dr. Haas and his staff showed a concern for my well-being. In doing so, Dr. Haas did something a patient needs…he conveyed the feeling that as a patient, you’re not just a number or some illness, but rather, an individual whom the doctor cares about.

    In addition, Dr. Haas’ competency with the da Vinci robotic surgery system I believe has contributed to my rapid recovery following each surgery.

    Due to my experience with Dr. Haas, I would recommend that anyone facing a colorectal surgery seek him out. He is, in my opinion, the best surgeon for these procedures I could have had anywhere in the U.S.”

    -Bill, Lumberton, TX

    Please contact Colorectal Surgical Associates for more information, or to schedule a consultation.