Hulda M. Einarsdottir, MD

Specialty

Colon & Rectal Surgery, General Surgery

Conditions & Treatments

Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Surgery


Phone
(203) 785-2616
Accepting New Patients

Biography

Hulda Einarsdottir, MD, is one of five Yale Medicine surgeons who is board-certified specifically in colorectal surgery. She performs surgeries of the colon, the rectum and the anus to treat cancer, as well as for such benign diseases as diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease. She also specializes in the management of pelvic floor disorders for men and women.

“These are problems patients are often embarrassed to discuss,” Dr. Einarsdottir says. “Often they’ve dealt with these problems in silence for a long time, and they are miserable. I let them know that many other patients have these problems, and, in most cases, we can take care of it.” 

Patients often worry that part of the treatment will be colostomy, a procedure to temporarily or permanently divert one end of the large intestine through the abdominal wall where feces can be collected in a pouch. Sometimes it is a necessary part of the treatment, she says. But, “in many cases, we’re now able to reverse it later and put the patient back into continuity, as it’s called.”

Dr. Einarsdottir, an assistant professor of surgery (gastrointestinal) at Yale School of Medicine, uses minimally invasive approaches whenever possible. “This has been proven in multiple studies to have added benefit to the patient, in terms of postoperative recovery, length of stay, less pain and smaller scars, which have a cosmetic advantage,” she says.

She recalls one patient who came to the hospital with a large bowel obstruction that was keeping stool from passing through. “This had actually been going on for several months prior to this emergent situation where the colon was completely blocked. To get her past the acute stage, we performed an emergency surgery where we gave her a colostomy to decompress the colon. Six weeks later, we removed the constriction and put the bowel back together. Now her quality of life is better than it was before surgery. This is what makes it all worthwhile,” Dr. Einarsdotter says.                         

Gender

Female

Language(s)

English

Affiliated With

Smilow Cancer Hospital, Yale Medicine

Locations

Yale Colon and Rectal Surgery

800 Howard Ave
Yale Physicians Building
New Haven, CT 06519

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Monday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fax
(203) 785-2615

Education & Training

Education

University of Iceland

Residency

Yale New Haven Hospital

Fellowship

Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Accepted Insurance

Insurance coverage regularly changes, please contact the doctor’s office directly to verify that your specific insurance plan is accepted.

  • aetna
  • anthem bc/bs
  • berkeley care network
  • cigna healthcare
  • community care network
  • connecticare
  • corvel
  • first health network
  • focus healthcare
  • great west
  • husky
  • medicaid
  • medicare
  • multiplan
  • oxford health plans
  • railroad medicare
  • tricare/champus
  • united healthcare
  • us family health plan
  • wellcare