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Colorectal Surgery Services

When disorders of the lower gastrointestinal tract require surgical intervention, The colorectal surgeons at the UCI Health Chao Digestive Health Institute are national leaders in the least invasive, most effective methods to treat you and improve your quality of life.

Our colorectal surgeons are experts in the most advanced surgical techniques to treat rectal cancer and colon cancer, which is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States.

Our surgeons are pioneers in laparoscopic and robot-assisted colorectal procedures, which reduce pain, blood loss and recovery time, as well as help patients preserve normal function and avoid colostomy bags. In fact, our specialists have more experience with robot-assisted rectal surgery than any other U.S. medical center.

UCI Medical Center is among the few hospitals in California whose surgeons are skilled at performing HIPEC, or hyperthermic intraoperative peritoneal chemotherapy, a unique method of destroying any microscopic cancer cells remaining after surgery to remove visible tumors in the abdomen.

Our colorectal surgeons also specialize in treating rare conditions such as Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC), and other inherited cancer syndromes.

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Whether you need surgery for colon cancer, rectal cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or other conditions of the lower gastrointestinal system, UCI Health colorectal surgeons are the experts.

They are especially skilled at minimally invasive laparoscopic, endoscopic and robot-assisted approaches, emphasizing colostomy bag-sparing procedures and sphincter preservation.

Our colorectal surgeons are part of the Chao Digestive Health Institute, which offers the full spectrum of care for bowel diseases and disorders, including:

  • Anal cancer
  • Anal fissures
  • Cancer of the small intestine
  • Colitis
  • Colon cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Fistulae (vaginal and recto-urethral)
  • Gastrointestinal cancer syndromes
  • Hemorrhoids

Our colorectal surgeons are national leaders in the least invasive methods to treat diseases and disorders of the lower gastrointestinal system, including cancers of the small intestine, colon and rectum.

They are highly skilled in the full range of minimally invasive surgical techniques, including robot-assisted surgery, and other leading-edge procedures, including:

  • Laparoscopic, endoscopic and robot-assisted surgery
  • Sacral nerve stimulator
  • Sphincter salvage procedures
  • Total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer
  • Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM)
  • Transvaginal colectomy

UCI Health colorectal disease specialists offer patients a level of coordinated care unavailable elsewhere in Orange County—or at most medical centers in the nation.

They are experts in the latest techniques, many of which have been pioneered at UCI Health and the Chao Digestive Health Institute.

  • Our colorectal surgeons are experts at minimally invasive laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgical techniques. These procedures reduce pain and blood loss, and typically allow patients to recover faster. They also can help patients avoid colostomy bags after surgery.
  • Our fellowship-trained surgeons are among a select few in the United States skilled in advanced robot-assisted procedures for patients with colon and rectal cancer and other conditions. These include total mesorectal excision (TME) and complete or partial colon resection—without leaving a visible scar.
  • Our surgeons were the first in Orange County to use hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), which involves bathing the abdominal cavity with heated solution of chemotherapy drugs immediately after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells. 
  • We also were the first in Southern California to use a sacral nerve stimulator to correct fecal incontinence. The treatment is now widely available. 
  • As physicians at Orange County's only university medical center, many of our team members are actively conducting clinical trials, which give our patients access to leading-edge treatments before they are available elsewhere.

Personalized care

Throughout your diagnosis and treatment, our team has one goal: providing you with the most comprehensive care that meets your individual needs.

Our UCI Health colorectal surgeons are national leaders in the least invasive methods to treat diseases and disorders of the lower gastrointestinal system, including cancers of the small intestine, colon and rectum.

They are dedicated to providing exemplary care to adult and young-adult patients, with an emphasis on preserving function and improving their quality of life.

Our fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeons include:

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