Colorectal Surgery – About
Our board-certified colorectal surgeons perform nearly 1,000 surgical procedures every year to treat complicated colorectal disease. As a patient, you’ll be cared for by the largest, most experienced, and most comprehensive colorectal surgery group in the state.
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Skilled and empathetic specialists
Our six board-certified surgeons specialize in treating patients with complicated colorectal diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus, including:
- IBD (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Colorectal cancer
- Fecal incontinence
Learn about our patient care expertise.
Our surgical specialists and advanced practice clinicians work at multiple sites in the region, providing patients with rapid diagnoses and treatment options. We collaborate with other specialists, including gastroenterologists, stoma nurses, nutritionists, and geneticists, to offer comprehensive care under one roof.
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is one of only a few hospitals in the country to perform single-site laparoscopy for colorectal cancer and IBD.
Leading the way in colorectal research
Penn State Colon and Rectal Surgery has an active clinical and basic science research program, including a research laboratory that has been studying colorectal disease for nearly 20 years.
We’re also part of the Consortium for Optimizing the Treatment of Rectal Cancer, or OSTRiCh, a national group seeking to define and improve outcomes in colorectal cancer management based on nationally defined standards of care.
Experts in minimally invasive surgery
Penn State Colon and Rectal Surgery is leading the way in minimally invasive surgery. Our board-certified colon and rectal surgeons are all nationally-recognized experts in laparoscopic, single site, and robotic surgery, performing over 200 such cases per year
The colorectal/laparoscopic surgical SUPERSUITE® at Penn State Health is the operating suite of the future. It is designed so no action by the surgeon is wasted. The innovative amenities include:
- From voice-activated equipment
- Flat-screen video monitors
- Ergonomic furnishings
- Ceiling suspended booms and consoles
The surgical SUPERSUITE® is also the only one of its kind in the country that allows videoconferencing for multiple-site surgery-operating on two parts of the body at one time, such as abdominal and perineal surgery or abdominal and colonoscopic surgery. This makes for a much more efficient surgical process.
The IBD Center, staffed by our colorectal surgeons working side-by-side with our IBD expert gastroenterologists, provides the most advanced treatment options available for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other related conditions.