Clinical Specialty Programs

The surgeons within the Section of Colon & Rectal Surgery specializes in a wide range of diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), colorectal cancer, diverticulitis and pelvic floor disorders. The colon and rectal surgery program is nationally and internationally recognized for our surgeons' expertise in complicated benign and malignant disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. We are at the forefront of surgical innovation and highly skilled in minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopic surgery, transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), robotic surgery and endoscopic procedures.

A minimally invasive surgical approach uses several small incisions instead of a long incision across the belly. This results in less pain, less intra-abdominal scarring or adhesions and faster recovery for patients. At the University of Chicago Medicine, our surgeons have been performing advanced laparoscopic colorectal procedures since 2002. With our extensive expertise, our surgeons are able to recommend and successfully perform a laparoscopic colectomy in more than 75 percent of all colon and rectum operations and have performed more than 1,000 of these procedures. 

The benefit of having surgery in a major medical center like the University of Chicago, patient care extends beyond the operating room. A multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists and radiologists design treatment plans for patients with colon or rectal cancer or inflammatory bowel disease. Additionally, the colorectal program participates in numerous clinic trials which provide our patients with the latest medical treatments.

Our colorectal surgeons are members of the medical center's multidisciplinary Center for Pelvic Health. We work with an expert team of subspecialists in urogynecology, urology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and physical therapy to treat fecal incontinence, constipation, rectal prolapse and anorectal pain. We have an advanced pelvic floor lab with 3-D ultrasound, anal manometry and electromyography. We also have a dedicated ostomy care services group.