Duke specialists use the latest techniques to diagnose and treat colon and rectal disease. We recommend the most effective, least invasive treatments customized for your needs.
We Treat the Full Range of Colon and Rectal Diseases
We work daily with patients who suffer from colon and rectal discomfort. This includes treating challenging, long-term colorectal conditions such as profound constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, and fecal incontinence. We also treat intestinal disorders such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, fissures, warts, strictures, and painful abscesses.
We specialize in the latest diagnostic technologies and screening procedures. 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 experience helping many patients across a range of conditions allows us to personalize the best plan for your recovery. Our focus is on getting you back to good health.
Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.
Expert Imaging and Assessments
We use high-definition ultrasound techniques to diagnose colon and rectal diseases. The latest 3-D tools capture images of tumors, lesions, and inflamed tissue. Endoscopic imaging is assisted by elastography, which reveals the texture and hardness of tissue. The tissue's texture may help identify a cancerous lesion. These screening tools help us assess your condition and plan the most effective treatments.
By examining the colon, or large intestine, with a long, flexible lighted tube called a colonoscope, we can identify and remove precancerous polyps. We can also take biopsies to help diagnose conditions of the colon and rectum.
A thin flexible tube containing an ultrasound probe is inserted into the rectum. The probe uses sound waves to obtain images and information about the colon and rectum. This allows us to confirm a diagnosis or determine a disease stage.
We often encounter fecal or urinary incontinence when treating our patients suffering from colon and rectal disease. We engage our medical experts from gynecology or related fields to create a specific treatment to help you heal quickly.
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital is ranked among the best in the nation for gastroenterology and GI surgery by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.
Comprehensive Care for Colon and Rectal Disease
Clinical 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.
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 that this enhanced recovery approach decreases post-operative complication rates and reduces the length of hospital stays.