SECTION OF COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY
August 2015 has become a mile stone time for the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana with the opening of the New State of the Art Tertiary Hospital: the University Medical Center New Orleans (UMCNO). UMCNO will develop into one of the most important Tertiary Healthcare Centers in the Southeastern United States. It is an Academic and Research Center that’s foundation is based on the History of the Charity Hospital, one of the most recognized Academic Teaching Centers in the USA.
The LSU Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, which began in 2012, and is dedicated to the treatment of people with benign and malignant Diseases of the Colon, Rectum and Anus.
The LSU Section of CRS is an integral part of the new Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, which is under the direction of the LSU Department of Gastroenterology at UMCNO. The LSU Section of CRS has a vast experience in the surgical therapy of people with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
The LSU Section of CRS is and integral part of the Multidisciplinary Oncology Clinic at UMCNO for patients with Colon, Rectal and Anal Cancers. This is a multidisciplinary team, including specialized physicians in Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology in the management of people with colon, rectal and anal cancers. This team has a special Colon, Rectal and Anal Cancer Patient Navigator that assures these people that they will receive timely diagnostic testing and treatment with a “one on one” personal liaison. The LSU Section of CRS has an extensive experience in sphincter sparing surgical approaches to Rectal Cancers, that when indicated, will spare people from a life with a permanent ostomy. However if an ostomy is required either on a temporary or permanent basis there is a specialized nurse to educate these people on how to manage and live with their ostomy.
The LSU Section of CRS works with the Division of Female Pelvic Floor Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in treating women with Pelvic Floor Disease. Especially posterior compartment diseases: Rectal Prolapse, Rectocele and Fecal Incontinence. The LSU Section of CRS has expertise in managing people with Fecal Incontinence utilizing the latest technology for anal rectal ultrasound, anal manometry and Pudendal Nerve Motor Latency Studies to better diagnosis the cause of their Fecal Incontinence. To assist in formulating a plan for treating their Fecal Incontinence which may include bio-feed back, surgery or sacral nerve stimulation.
The LSU Section of CRS utilizes state of the art surgical approaches to all major bowel surgery including Laparoscopic, Hand Assisted and Robotic Assisted colon and rectal procedures. The entire spectrum of benign diseases of the anus is treated either in the office setting or with outpatient procedures. The Section manages people with the following: complex anal fistula, rectovaginal fistula and anovaginal fistula; malignant diseases of the anus such as Paget’s Disease and Bowens Disease; pre malignant diseases (Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)); the entire spectrum of benign diseases of the colon, including constipation, diverticulosis/ diverticulitis, colovesicle fistula, Mega colon/ Mega rectum, volvulus of the colon, enterocutaneous fistula of small and large bowel, benign/malignant polyps of the colon, rectum and small bowel.