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At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, our Pediatric Colorectal Reconstruction Center focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of imperforate anus, cloaca and Hirschsprung's disease. We are committed to caring for patients through all stages of life — from birth through potty training, puberty, sexual function and childbearing — to provide optimal outcomes and quality of life.
We start the diagnostic process by performing a complete physical examination. Tools we may use to confirm or rule out a diagnosis include:
Experts at our Pediatric Colorectal Reconstruction Center offer a wide range of surgical treatment options for patients with colorectal malformations. After evaluating your child, our team may recommend one of the following procedures:
In addition to these initial surgical treatment options, our surgeons offer second opinions and perform additional or revisional surgeries as needed.
When appropriate, we use minimally invasive surgical techniques. Our goal is to provide comprehensive treatment for each child with as few procedures and as little scarring as possible. We work closely with patients and their families to ensure proper healing after surgery.
After reconstructive surgery, the next step is for patients to learn bowel management techniques. Our Pediatric Colorectal Reconstruction Center includes a dedicated bowel management program that addresses issues such as constipation and incontinence. The program is run by a pediatric surgery nurse practitioner with expertise in colorectal malformations, including advanced training in bowel management.
Due to the complexity of colorectal malformations, patients benefit from ongoing medical care and close collaboration between the child's medical team, family and caregivers. At Comer Children's, our goal is to provide parents and families the tools they need to support pediatric patients as they grow and develop so that children can live normal, productive lives.