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.

Anal Fissure

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

Anal Warts

Washington University colorectal surgeons provide options for anal warts below.

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.


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

How to Take Fiber

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

Ileostomy Guide

Colorectal surgeons provide guide to care for high output ileostomy.

(J-Pouch) Surgery

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

Kegel Exercises

These anal muscle exercises often benefit both men and women.

LAR Syndrome

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

Low Residue Diet

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

Ostomy Resources

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

Pain Management

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

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.

Rectal Prolapse

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