Colon & Rectal Surgery

Colon and rectal diseases comprise a broad range of conditions and ailments, the severity of which can vary from mildly irritating to life threatening. Colon and rectal surgeons are experts in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of cancer of the colon, rectum and anus, as well as benign conditions like diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, various causes of colonic obstruction, a multitude of anorectal conditions, fecal incontinence and pelvic floor disorders. They complete residencies in general surgery in additional to surgical training fellowships dedicated to colon and rectal surgery; board certification requires completion of intensive examinations conducted by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Our colorectal group of board certified surgeons serves as the tertiary referral center for Eastern Washington and the surrounding tri-state region for both emergent and nonemergent colorectal conditions. Patient care is closely coordinated with local and regional medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, gastroenterologists and primary care physicians along with general surgeons, gynecologists, gynecology oncologists and urologists as patient conditions require. Alongside clinical duties, our colorectal surgeons participate in state and national quality improvement projects, clinical research and leadership at the national level within the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Patient care is provided at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital as well as MultiCare’s Deaconess Hospital.

Patient Resources

  • Enhance Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Education Materials (for patients undergoing bowel surgery) Preoperative Preparation Document Links
  • Colonoscopy Bowel Preparation Instructions Document Links
  • American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) http://fascrs.org
  • American Cancer Society https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer.html
  • Stoma Resources

National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) website
http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ileostomy
Surgical Patient Education, Ostomy Home Skills, Program website https://www.facs.org/education/patient-education/skills-programs/ostomy-program

The United Ostomy Associations of America website
http://www.ostomy.org

Please visit the ASCRS website links below for educational materials regarding common conditions affecting the colon and rectum that our colorectal surgeons manage. Educational videos and written material are available for each condition.

The Colon: What it is, What it does https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/colon-what-it-what-it-does

Colonoscopy https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/colonoscopy

Minimally invasive surgery https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/minimally-invasive-surgery-0

Colon & Rectal Conditions

Colon cancer https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/colon-cancer

Rectal cancer https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/rectal-cancer

Colon and rectal cancer follow-uphttps://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/colon-and-rectal-cancer-follow-care-0

Screening and surveillance for colorectal cancer https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/screening-and-surveillance-colorectal-cancer-0

Hereditary colon cancer https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/hereditary-colorectal-cancer-0

Polyps of the colon and rectum https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/polyps-colon-and-rectum

Constipation https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/constipation-0

Crohn’s disease https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/crohns-disease-0

Diverticular disease https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/diverticular-disease

Ostomy https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/ostomy-0

Ulcerative colitis https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/ulcerative-colitis

Anorectal conditions

Perirectal abscess and fistula https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/abscess-and-fistula-0

Anal cancer https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/anal-cancer

Anal fissure https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/anal-fissure-0

Anal pain https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/anal-pain

Anal warts https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/anal-warts-0

Fecal incontinence https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/fecal-incontinence-0

Pelvic floor dysfunctionhttps://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/pelvic-floor-dysfunction-1

Pilonidal disease  https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/pilonidal-disease

Rectocele https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/rectocele-0