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Specialized Treatments

Our colon and rectal surgeons specialize in the latest treatment options for conditions of the colon, rectum, and anus above mentioned conditions. At surgery, we have a focus on minimally invasive techniques, which limit the size of the incisions at surgery and result in less pain and a faster recover. We also provide medical treatment and work with doctors in Urology, Urogynecology, Physical Therapy, and Gastroenterology to manage and treat colon and rectal conditions. We work with you to find the best treatment option for you. Surgical treatments may include:

Abdominal Minimally  Invasive Surgery

Abdominal minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions, approximately 0.5cm in length, and one slightly larger incision (4-5cm). These techniques offer smaller incisions, less postoperative pain, and usually a shorter hospital stay. UI Health offers two different types of abdominal minimally invasive surgery:

  • Robotic surgery uses surgeon-guided, robotic arms that help perform precise dissection with enhanced visualization.
  • Laparoscopic-assisted surgery uses small ports that are inserted through the abdominal wall, and fine instruments are passed through a channel in these ports to perform the surgery.

Transrectal Minimally Invasive Surgery

Transrectal minimally invasive surgery is performed through the rectum. These techniques will avoid scars on the abdomen and are associated with no or limited postoperative pain, faster recovery, and a shorter hospital stay. There are two different types of transrectal minimally invasive surgery:

  • Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) is performed through a specialized operating proctoscope, which enables the surgeon to remove tumors from the rectum and the lower colon.
  • Transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) is performed with a specialized port and instruments, which enables the surgeon to remove tumors from the rectum and the lower colon.  

Additional Treatments

We offer novel treatment options for fecal incontinence and constipation. With our significant experience in these treatment alternatives, our specialists frequently teach these techniques to other physicians at national and international meetings. Treatments include:

  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation: This therapy targets the communication problem between the brain and the nerves that control bowel function. The treatment includes implantation of a flexible lead near the tailbone; a stimulator sends mild electrical impulses through the wire to pelvic nerves. This treatment has a high success rate in reducing symptoms of fecal incontinence.
  • Injection Therapy for Fecal Incontinence: Bulking-agent injections can reduce fecal incontinence symptoms and provide long-lasting results. This procedure requires no anesthesia and is performed in our clinic. 
  • Robotic Ventral Rectopexy: This treatment offers a minimally invasive alternative in the treatment of patients with internal or external rectal prolapse. Ventral rectopexy can offer improved postoperative functional results and the procedure is performed through a few small incisions.