Colorectal Surgery at Michigan treats benign and malignant conditions of the small bowel, colon, rectum, and anus using open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgical techniques. Through our research, we’re developing new approaches to treating cancer, from understanding the biology of tumors to improving the way that health care teams deliver surgical interventions. Through our educational program, trainees learn from some of the best surgeons in the country — carrying that knowledge forward into their careers.
Our approach capitalizes on the wide array of multidisciplinary expertise present at Michigan Medicine, to deliver highly efficient, patient-centered, and expert care. For example, in our Multidisciplinary Colorectal Cancer Clinic, patients may see a colorectal surgeon, a medical oncologist, a radiation oncologist, or a medical geneticist, depending on their needs. We’re frequently able to coordinate multiple appointments in a single day, reducing the burden on patients and providing better care informed by multiple perspectives. We collaborate with gastroenterologists specializing in Inflammatory Bowel Disease to offer a full array of surgical approaches to the care of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, including ileoanal pouch procedures. We also work with a variety of specialists in the Michigan Bowel Control Program to evaluate and treat patients with constipation, fecal incontinence, rectal prolapse and other pelvic floor disorders.
With more than 3,000 clinic visits and more than 900 surgical procedures performed each year, we have the experience and the expertise to provide care many institutions can’t, receiving referrals from around the country, as well as internationally.
Our clinical specialties include:
- Consultation and treatment for diseases of the small intestine, colon, rectum, and anus, including colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, bowel obstruction, chronic constipation, and others. We’re able to provide advanced surgical care for colon and rectal cancer, including complex resections where cancer has invaded the prostate, bladder, spine, or other organs.
- Colonoscopy and endorectal ultrasound for diagnosis, screening, and monitoring of conditions.
- Management of hereditary colorectal syndromes, including genetic testing and genetic counseling services.