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Colorectal Surgery

The Digestive Disease Institute’s Department of Colorectal Surgery is globally recognized as a national leader in colorectal surgery and surgical innovation, attracting patients from more than 46 states.

Why You Should Choose Us

Our colorectal surgeons perform more than 5,000 surgical procedures annually, including an average of 500 laparoscopic intestinal resections, 260 operations to treat Crohn’s disease, and 170 ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) surgeries.

DDI colorectal surgeons performed the world’s first total proctocolectomy and ileoanal pouch procedure with a single-incision.

The Digestive Disease Institute performs the world's highest volume of J-pouch procedures and is the nation's largest referral center for repairing pelvic pouches.

Our surgeons use the latest in diagnostic and treatment options, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery and intraoperative radiotherapy.

DDI colorectal surgeons utilize various surgical methods to avoid a permanent colostomy in the treatment of rectal cancer.  These options include:

  • Transanal excision
  • Radical excision of the rectum with anastomosis of the colon to the anus
  • Colonic J pouch
  • Coloplasty

DDI houses the largest institutional registries for inherited colon cancer-- David G. Jagelman Inherited Colorectal Cancer Registries- in the United States and the second largest in the world.

Cleveland Clinic was the birthplace of Enterostomal Therapy/Wound Ostomy, Continence Nursing nearly 50 years ago. DDI's Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing School was the first of its kind in the world.

Success Rates

Colorectal surgeons avoid a permanent colostomy in approximately 80% of rectal cancer cases.

On a national level the Department of Colorectal Surgery mortality index and length of stay are considerably below expected norms. 

Our long term outcomes are among the best in the world, with some of the lowest rates of recurrence of rectal cancer.

Cleveland Clinic’s colorectal surgeons have extensive experience in treating patients with:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Anorectal Disease
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Fecal Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectovaginal fistula
  • Ulcerative Colitis

The Department of Colorectal Surgery offers comprehensive treatment options and services including:

    Our Colorectal Surgery team is committed to providing patients with the best diagnostic and therapeutic services. With surgical innovations, advanced treatment options, and some of the best long-term outcomes in the world, the Digestive Disease Institute has been ranked #2 in the Nation since 2003 by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals.”

    Make an Appointment

    To find a colorectal specialist for your needs, contact the Digestive Disease Institute at 216.444.7000 (or toll-free 1.800.223.2273, ext. 47000).

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    Call us for an Appointment

    To find a digestive specialist for your needs, contact the Digestive Disease Institute at 216.444.7000 (or toll-free 1.800.223.2273, ext. 47000)

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    To arrange a same-day visit, call 216.444.7000

    This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

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