Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Penn Medicine's colorectal surgeons are highly experienced and committed to providing the entire spectrum of care for their patients. Dedicated to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus our surgeons strive to deliver high-quality, cost-effective medical care with dignity and compassion. Our multidisciplinary approach enables us to work as a team, providing patients with the expert care they need at this crucial time.

We treat patients with diverse problems, including colon, rectal, and anal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis), diverticular disease, problems with fecal incontinence and prolapse, as well as hemorrhoids, fissures, and fistulas.

The Latest Procedures and Techniques

At Penn, our commitment to our patients and pioneering work in surgical techniques allows for individualized care plans, tailored to each patient's individual condition:

  • Multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of rectal cancer, with an emphasis on sphincter preservation
  • Surgical treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, in collaboration with physicians in the division of gastroenterology, including continence-preserving restorative proctocolectomy and ileal pouch anal anastomosis for ulcerative colitis
  • Treatment of pelvic floor disorders, including urinary and fecal incontinence, rectal prolapse and constipation, in collaboration with members of the division of urogynecology and urology
  • Surgical treatment for diverticulitis and diverticular disease
  • Treatment of anorectal disease, including anal fistulas, fissures and hemorrhoids
  • Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic or "keyhole" surgery) for benign and malignant diseases of the colon and rectum
  • Screening for colorectal cancer, including patients with a family history of colorectal cancer and patients over 50

For more information, please visit the Division of Colorectal Surgery academic website.

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