Washington University Colorectal surgeons provide quality patient care in all aspects of colon and rectal surgery, with particular interests in colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and benign anorectal disorders. Washington University colorectal surgeons have special expertise in all areas in the field and provide resources on various conditions and treatments below.

Conditions and Treatment Resources

Anal Fissure

An anal fissure is a cut or tear in the lining of the anal canal. See the treatment guide.

Anal Warts

Washington University colorectal surgeons provide options for anal warts in this guide.


Hemorrhoids are a normal part of the anatomy located within the anus. Our colorectal surgeons discuss more below. 

LAR Syndrome Booklet

Find the Low Anterior Resection Syndrome (LARS) booklet below.

Anal Itch

Pruritus Ani (Anal Itch) is a condition associated with a strong urge to scratch the anal area. Find some recommended treatment options below. 

Perianal Skin Care

Frequent liquid bowel movements can irritate the anus and surrounding skin. Use the guide to help heal and protect the perianal area.

Rectal Prolapse

Rectal prolapse is a condition in which the lower rectum protrudes or telescopes out through the anus. Learn more below.

Bowel Movement Resources

Bowel Routine- Constipation

Following a consistent daily bowel routine will help keep bowel movements regular. 

Bowel Routine- Incontinence

Following a consistent daily bowel routine can often help prevent anal incontinence.

How to Take Fiber

Some patients need a fiber supplement to help bowel movements pass easier.

Kegel Exercises

These anal muscle exercises often benefit both men and women.

Low Residue Diet

A low residue or soft diet is made of foods and beverages that are easy to digest. Find options below.

Stoma Resources

Ileostomy Guide

Colorectal surgeons provide guide to care for high output ileostomy.

Ileoanal Anastomosis (J-Pouch) Surgery

Download the full ileoanal anastomosis surgery, also known as J-Pouch Surgery or IPAA) booklet below.

Ostomy Resources

Find ostomy resources from Washington University colon and rectal surgeons below. 

Other Resources

Pain Management

To control your pain after surgery, use the pain management guide below.