Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseWe offer highly specialized care when it comes to treating advanced inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. We have dedicated experts who understand the complexities of IBD and work closely with other specialists, including gastroenterologists, to create a personalized treatment plan based on the severity of your disorder. Our goal is to treat your condition without surgery whenever possible.
CancerIf you have colon, rectal or anal cancer, your surgeon will determine the best course of treatment for you. We offer a multidisciplinary approach, involving medical and radiation oncologists, if necessary.
- Colon Cancer: Surgery is the primary option for colon cancer, and consists of removing a piece of your colon and reconnecting the two remaining sections. If your cancer is advanced, you may need chemotherapy in addition to surgery. Even if your colon cancer has spread to other organs, you can be treated successfully with our aggressive multidisciplinary approach. If your cancer has spread throughout your abdomen, we use a unique treatment option called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to bathe your abdominal cavity with heated chemotherapy to eliminate the majority of microscopic cancer cells that might remain after surgery.
- Rectal Cancer: If your diagnosis is rectal cancer, your treatment path will depend on the extent of your cancer. For early stage rectal cancers, we perform local excision (a smaller operation that removes the cancer through the rectum). If your rectal cancer is more advanced, you may need radiation and/or chemotherapy, followed by surgery. Some patients experience a complete response to the radiation or chemotherapy and can potentially avoid surgery, but they will be followed closely to watch for any recurrence.
- Anal Cancer: If you have been diagnosed with anal cancer, our surgeons have several options. Small, external anal cancers can often be removed with a local resection. Larger cancers may require radiation and chemotherapy instead.
Our physicians are faculty members at the University of Minnesota Medical School and are involved in colorectal cancer research, as well as research involving familial colorectal cancer, pelvic floor disorders, accidental bowel leakage, diverticulitis, colorectal surgery outcomes and health informatics. Ask your surgeon about participating in one of our clinical trials.
Research InterestsOur colon and rectal surgeons perform research in the following areas:
- Rectal cancer
- Minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery
- Pelvic Floor Disorders including ABL (accidental bowel leakage)
- Colorectal Surgery outcomes
- Familial colorectal cancer
- Health informatics