Colorectal & Bowel Treatments

Anal Fissures

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Anal Fistula

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Celiac Disease

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Colon Cancer

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Crohn’s Disease

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Rectal Cancer

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Small Bowel Diseases

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Ulcerative Colitis

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Colorectal & Bowel Procedures

Colorectal Surgery

The vast majority of colon and rectal surgeries are minimally invasive using laparoscopic or robotic techniques. This means a few small incisions are made where instruments are inserted rather than a large, open incision.


Resection is a generic term for removing a segment or all of the colon and/or rectum. This is done for a variety of different conditions such as colon cancer, rectal cancer, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. The goal of a resection is to take out the part of the colon or rectum where the disease is located and then put the ends of the intestine back together. The majority of colon resections are done in the minimally invasive fashion (either laparoscopically or robotically), with the goal of having smaller incisions, less post-operative pain and a shorter recovery time.

When we are treating a patient for colon or rectal cancer, chemotherapy or radiation therapy may also be used. We work with skilled oncologist and you also benefit from the latest treatment protocols of our partner institution, Memorial Sloan Kettering - the country’s premier cancer center. This means you have direct access to world-renowned clinical expertise and research trials - all while being treated close to home.

Sphincter-sparing Surgery for Rectal Cancer

Cancers located in the mid to low rectum can be challenging to treat. We are experienced in sphincter-sparing surgery, which allows for the cancer to be removed and the two ends of intestine re-connected, with the goal of avoiding a permanent colostomy.

Total Proctocolectomy with Ileoanal Pouch (“J pouch”) Creation

This surgery is performed for ulcerative colitis. It removes the entire colon and rectum and the small bowel is used to create a “new rectum” or J-pouch, which is attached to the anus. A temporary ileostomy is usually required. This procedure is often able to be done laparoscopically and is considered curative for ulcerative colitis.

Ileostomy and Colostomy

Either Ileostomy and colostomy can be required for a variety of conditions. They can either be temporary or permanent. With both an ileostomy and colostomy, stool empties into a small plastic pouch called an ostomy bag that is applied to the skin around the stoma. We have providers in our office who are specially trained to educate about and manage ostomies.

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Hemorrhoid Banding

Hemorrhoids can be treated with hemorrhoid banding (internal hemorrhoids only), which is a well-tolerated office procedure. External and internal hemorrhoids can be treated with a hemorrhoidectomy, a surgical procedure performed in the operating room under either sedation or general anesthesia.

Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy

Lateral internal sphincterotomy is used to treat anal fissures. In this procedure, a portion of the internal sphincter muscle is cut to relax the spasm that is causing the fissure.


May be needed if you have complex needs or multiple surgeries. A colostomy is a surgical procedure in which the upper part of the intestine is sewn to an opening made in the skin of the abdomen. Stool passes out of the body at this opening and into a disposable bag. Usually the colostomy is removed at a later time and the intestine is reconnected.


Strictureplasty is a less common surgical procedure to treat strictures resultant from Crohn's disease. Strictureplasty is used to relieve narrowing or obstruction of the intestine and to save as much of the intestine as possible.

Proctocolectomy and Ileostomy

Used to treat Crohn's disease and Ulcerative-Colitis. In proctocolectomy, the large intestine and rectum are removed, leaving the lower end of the small intestine. The anus is sewn closed and a small opening, called a stoma, is made in the skin of the lower abdomen. The ileum is connected to the stoma, creating an opening to the outside of the body. The surgery that creates the opening to the intestine is called an ileostomy. Stool empties into a small plastic pouch called an ostomy bag that is applied to the skin around the stoma.

Ileoanal Anastomosis

This surgery is a common procedure for Ulcerative-Colitis. It removes the large intestine and the lining of the rectum, but you can still have nearly normal bowel movements after the surgery. This surgery is usually successful. About 7 or 8 out of 10 people have no problems after surgery. And most people say their quality of life is better.

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