Colon and Rectal Services & Treatments
Treatments to get you on the road to recovery
From common conditions to rare disorders, your care team will recommend the best course of treatment for your condition to help you feel better. Some of the most common treatments are:
- Biofeedback for pelvic floor muscle retraining – A way to retrain the muscles that control bladder functions and bowel movements using sensors to measure muscle activity. These sensors tell if muscles are working the right way.
- Colostomy – A surgery that brings the large intestine (colon) out through an opening (stoma) in the belly. Bowel movements then empty through the stoma into a bag attached to the belly.
- Hemorrhoid surgery – There are many surgical options for removing hemorrhoids. They include using lasers, heat or chemicals to destroy hemorrhoids. Another common treatment is called rubber band ligation, which uses a band to cut off blood flow to the hemorrhoid.
- Ileostomy – A surgery that brings the last part of the small intestine (ileum) out through an opening (stoma) in the belly. Waste products from the intestines then empty through the stoma into a bag attached to the belly.
- Injection therapy – Used to treat fecal incontinence. Gel is injected into the wall of the anal canal to thicken the tissue and help give more control.
- Laparoscopic surgery – A type of minimally invasive surgery. During the procedure, a surgeon makes small incisions in the belly and inserts a thin tube with a camera and a light on the end and other surgical tools. Colon and rectal surgeons commonly use this type of surgery to treat colon polyps, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel diseases and rectal prolapse.
- Polypectomy – The removal of abnormal colorectal tissue (polyps). Smaller polyps may be removed using minimally invasive surgery with the help of a small light and camera (endoscopic surgery). Larger polyps may require traditional, open surgery.
- Robotic surgery – A minimally invasive technique that uses robotic technology to perform complex colon and rectal procedures. The technique allows for smaller incisions and more precise movements during surgery, which means shorter hospital stays and less scarring for patients.
- Sacral nerve stimulation/InterStim® therapy – Used to treat fecal incontinence. A small device is implanted under the skin near the tailbone which uses a mild electrical current to stimulate the sacral nerves. This therapy works to fix the communication problem between the brain and the nerves that control bowel function.
- Transanal endoscopic microsurgery – A minimally invasive surgery option for removing certain polyps and early-stage tumors from high inside the rectum. This technique allows patients to recover faster with less pain than abdominal surgery.