Colon & Rectal Conditions We Treat

Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists specialize in both the surgical and non-surgical treatment of the following colon and rectal conditions:

            • Anal & Rectal Pain
            • Anal & Rectal Skin Tags
            • Laparoscopic Surgery
            • Rectal Pain
            • Screening for Colorectal Cancer
            • Ulcerative Colitis (surgical treatment)

Definitions of Treatable Conditions (click on the links below to learn more):

Anal Abscess/Fistula

Most abscesses and fistulas are simple, but they can also be very challenging problems, even for the expert colon and rectal surgeon.

Anal Cancer

Anal cancer is a relatively uncommon cancer.  People at risk include individuals with HIV, multiple sexual partners, history of rectal intercourse, history of anal condyloma or dysplasia.  Individuals with theses risk factors should talk with their doctor about anal cancer screening.  Consult a colon and rectal specialist early when any anorectal symptoms occur.

Anal Fissure

An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anal canal.  It can be very painful and may cause bleeding.

Cancer of the Colon & Rectum

Studies have shown that patients treated by colon and rectal surgeons are more likely to survive colorectal cancer because of the surgeons’ additional education and training.

Condyloma (anal warts)

Anal condyloma or “warts” are skin growths around the anus and genital areas caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  The warts are highly contagious and should be treated as soon as possible.

Constipation

Constipation results from dysfunction of colon motility or a pelvic outlet obstruction.  Colon and rectal specialists have extensive knowledge of colon physiology and pelvic anatomy to correctly diagnose and treat this problem.

Diverticular Disease

Diverticula are pockets that occur in the colon wall.  Diverticulosis refers to the presence of these pockets.  Diverticulitis is the inflammation or infection of these pockets.  The cause of diverticular disease is not completely understood.

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids can swell, itch, bleed, prolapse (stick out), thrombose (clot), and hurt.  Early diagnosis is important when you have pain.  There are non-surgical treatment options available.  Surgery is recommended only when necessary

Incontinence of Bowels

Colon and rectal surgeons have specialized skills in the treatment of fecal incontinence.   We utilize a state-of-the-art anorectal physiology lab to evaluate and help best treat your problem.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

The two major types of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.  Initial treatment for both of the conditions is medication.

Ostomy Care

Patients who have an ostomy (the small or large intestine connected to the abdominal wall), whether temporary or permanent, may have problems or questions related to the stoma.  Problems such as skin irritation, hernia at the stoma site, or prolapse of the ostomy (protrusion of the bowel), or retraction of the ostomy can occur.  A colon and rectal surgeon and an ostomy nurse can provide you with solutions and the skills to help you better live with your ostomy.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The process of defacation (having a bowel movement) requires the coordination of different muscles.  In patients with pelvic floor dysfunction, these muscles contract when they should relax, making the ability to evacuate stool difficult.  A colon and rectal surgeon can help diagnose and treat this problem.

Pilonidal Cyst

A pilonidal cyst is a cavity under the skin over the tail bone.  It can become infected resulting in pain and drainage.

Polyps

Polyps are abnormal growths from the lining of the large intestine.  Polyps occur in 15-20% of adults.  Although most polyps are benign, some can harbor cancer or turn into cancer.    With colonoscopy, polyps can be both detected and removed.

Rectal Prolapse

A variety of surgical options exist to correct rectal prolapse.  Rectal Prolapse is a condition commonly treated by colon and rectal specialists.

Rectocele

A rectocele is a protrusion of the rectum into the vagina.  Many women have rectoceles but only a few have symptoms from it.  If symptoms persist despite medical management, then surgical repair may be indicated.

Severe Perianal Itching & Irritation (Pruritis Ani)

Pruritis ani is a very bothersome skin condition that causes intense burning and itching around the anus.  Other, more serious conditions can present with similar symptoms.  Evaluation and treatment should be performed by a colon and rectal specialist.