Colorectal issues may seem awkward to talk about, but suffering from lower gastrointestinal problems — including trouble with your rectum, anus and colon — can be even more uncomfortable.
The surgeons of Novant Health UVA Health System are experts in the treatment of colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, Crohn’s disease and many other colorectal conditions.
If you suffer from sickness, inflammation, bleeding or pain often caused by problems in the lower digestive tract, rectum or anus, our surgical teams can evaluate your condition and recommend effective treatment options.
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Our experienced surgeons are trained in using minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures that usually result in less scarring, a shorter hospital stay, reduced pain after an operation, shorter recovery time, and a quicker return to daily activities. Some colorectal cancers, obstructions or inflammatory bowel disease may require larger incisions to remove the damaged areas for bowel function and disease treatment.
Colorectal conditions that we treat at Novant Health UVA Health System include:
- Anal abscess or fistula
- Anal fissure
- Anal warts
- Bowel incontinence
- Colorectal cancer
- Colostomy /ilestomy
- Crohn's disease
- Diverticular disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Pilonidal disease
- Polyps of the colon and rectum
- Pruritus ani
- Rectal prolapse
- Ulcerative colitis
If you are 50 or older, ask your Novant Health UVA Health System physician about having a colonoscopy — a visual examination of the lining of the colon and rectum — to check for polyps, tumors or other conditions that may require treatment or monitoring.