Six board-certified surgeons specialize in treating patients with complicated colorectal diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus, including IBD (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), colorectal cancer, hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence and diverticulitis. Surgical specialists and advanced practice clinicians provide rapid evaluation at multiple sites in the region. The team takes the time to help patients understand the complexities of their illness, and provides hope for a full, rewarding life after treatment regardless the diagnosis. The team collaborates with other specialists including gastroenterologists, stoma nurses, nutritionists, and geneticists to provide comprehensive care under one roof.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopic/robotic surgery, including the region's largest experience with single site laparoscopy, is routine. Approximately 50 percent of patients undergoing abdominal surgery have it done in a minimally invasive manner decreasing length of stay, minimizing the size of the incision, and getting back to normal activities more quickly.
The area's most experienced team for ileal pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA) and the region's only IBD center focus on coordinated care of patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Patients are seen by both a gastroenterologist and a colorectal surgeon at their first visit.
Genetic counseling, sphincter-saving rectal cancer surgery, transanal surgery, and multidisciplinary care (surgery, oncology, radiation therapy) are all available under one roof—offering advanced therapy for patients with advanced disease.
Pelvic Floor Disorders
Endorectal ultrasound, anorectal manometry, defecography and electromyography for accurate diagnosis. Therapies include sacral nerve stimulation and multidisciplinary evaluation by gynecology and urology for a coordinated approach.
Anal and rectal disease, including pelvic floor dysfunction, rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids, abscess, fistula, and incontinence.
Penn State Hershey Colon and Rectal Surgery is the only program in the country studying the genetic basis for diverticulitis. Most surgery is performed laparoscopically for early discharge and rapid return to work.