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.
Nonsurgical Treatments for Colorectal Disease
Many colon and rectal conditions may be manageable with diet changes and careful monitoring. After a thorough evaluation, we may initially encourage a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Increasing water consumption and fiber intake may help with constipation and reduce lower bowel pressure. These proactive steps may reduce your symptoms and help you avoid surgery. Regular monitoring is essential for proactive colorectal disease care.
Tests for Colorectal Disease
We use high-definition CT and MRI techniques to diagnose colon and rectal diseases. The latest 3D tools capture images of tumors, lesions, and inflamed tissue.
By examining the large intestine, also know as the colon, 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. We also perform flexible sigmoidoscopy, a similar endoscopic procedure which allows a look at just the rectum and part of the colon.
We offer a full array of pelvic floor testing to identify functional problems of the pelvic floor like rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence, and colon motility problems. We engage our medical experts from gynecology and gastroenterology to create a specific treatment plan to help you heal quickly.
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.
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.