Colon and rectal disease

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Duke’s colon and rectal disease specialists use the latest techniques to diagnose and heal colon and rectal disease. We use advanced imaging techniques to diagnose chronic constipation, as well as relieve hemorrhoid pain and diverticulitis. We recommend the most effective, least invasive treatments customized for your needs.

Comprehensive care for colon and rectal disease

We work daily with patients experiencing colon and rectal discomfort. Our experience includes challenging long-term colorectal conditions such as profound constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis, as well as fecal incontinence. We also treat intestinal disorders including Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, fissures, warts, strictures and painful abscesses. We specialize in the latest diagnostic technologies and screening procedures for the full range of diseases. If surgery is required, we use less invasive surgical techniques that result in minimal discomfort and scarring. If you have colon, rectal or anal cancer, our cancer team uses the latest techniques to diagnose and treat your cancer. Our focus is getting you back to good health.

Our experience helping many patients -- from individuals facing constipation challenges or hemorrhoidal inflammation, to those enduring the more severe challenges of diverticulitis -- allows us to personalize the best plan for your recovery.

Choose Duke to treat your colorectal condition because we offer:

  • Trials to improve outcomes. We review the latest research and participate in clinical trials to ensure you benefit from the safest and most effective procedures. Many colorectal surgeries must take place within small areas of the body, so our continuing research helps us minimize procedures and improve your recovery.
  • Team approach. Because colorectal conditions often involve related physiological factors, we work with Duke specialists from gynecology and urology to create your complete treatment and recovery plan.
  • Latest imaging technology. If you suffer from a colon or anal condition, our tests will ensure accurate, thorough assessments. Our new 3-D ultrasound technology provides a high-definition view so we can recommend the most effective treatment options.
  • Enhanced recovery reduces hospital stays and readmissions. Our physicians are national leaders in enhanced recovery, a program that minimizes pre-operative fasting, encourages immediate post-operative physical rehabilitation, and incorporates specialized pain management to reduce the stress of colon surgery. Duke research shows their enhanced recovery approach decreases post-operative complication rates, and reduces the length of hospital stays.



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