The Colorectal Center

The Colorectal Center provides comprehensive care for our patients with colorectal conditions, treating patients from the neonatal period through early adulthood. 

Our goal is for our patients to stool with regularity and participate in all social activities with the confidence of being accident-free and enjoying an enhanced quality of life. To that end, the relationships built pre-surgery continue for many years, so each patient’s life can remain as easy and manageable as possible for years to come.

Conditions We Treat

One Family's Experience

Learn how one family dealt with their child’s diagnosis and how they worked though it with the help of the Lurie Children's Bowel Management Program team within the Colorectal Center.

Treatments Available

  • Surgical repair for anorectal malformation
  • Surgery for Hirschsprung disease
  • Appendicocecostomy/Cecostomy/Malone/MACE
  • Laparoscopic or open surgery for colonic anomalies
  • Procedures for rectal prolapse
  • Anorectal and Colonic manometry
  • Other non-surgical treatments for constipation including individualized bowel treatment plans

Colorectal Center’s Continuity Clinic

The Continuity Clinic consists of routine appointments for post-operative care, pre-operative planning, patient education, treatment modification, and family life services. During the visit additional tests, such as an x-ray, may be needed.

Our team – consisting of a pediatric surgeon and an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and registered nurse (RN) – works with families and participants at Lurie Children’s main campus and various Lurie Children’s Outpatient Centers. Our social worker, a dietician and a Spanish interpreter are also available during these appointments.

Colorectal Surgical Specialists

The Colorectal Center includes a surgical team that has a passion for caring for children with colorectal anomalies and who will work with you on the best treatment for your child’s condition. Meet the team.

Colorectal Health Institute for Pediatrics (CHIPs) Program

The CHIPs clinic is a multi-disciplinary clinic that provides our patients with a broader spectrum of care and expertise. Our combined clinical specialists include the Colorectal Center team as well as our gastroenterology motility team of physicians and advanced practice nurses, who combine clinic visit and coordinate procedures. This referral-based program also has social workers, child life specialists, language interpreters, a dietitian and a psychologist.

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The CHIP's Team

CHIP’s Camp

The CHIP’s Camp is a week-long outpatient bowel management program for children who want even more intensive assistance. The program makes daily modifications to each child’s individual regimens, and in addition to daily monitoring, it features an educational lecture series for parents and social support groups for children and parents. Learn more about the CHIP’s Camp. 

Research

The Colorectal Center and CHIP’s both participate actively in research with a goal to improve the care of our colorectal patients. Lurie Children’s is the only hospital in Illinois that participates in the Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Learning Consortium (PCPLC). The PCPLC is a consortium of surgeons, scientists, and other specialists from multiple international institutions that was developed to facilitate research on anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung disease, and other colorectal and pelvic disorders. The PCPLC provides the infrastructure for conducting focused studies that are designed to improve our understanding of our patients’ diseases, modify surgical and medical management and direct future treatments. 

Preparing for Your Visit to the Colorectal Center or CHIP’s

If your child has not had any tests done yet, there is no need to schedule them.  If your child has had previous tests related to their colorectal condition, it is helpful to the team if you can bring those reports. To develop your child’s individualized plan, the team may request additional tests once your appointment is scheduled.

Make an Appointment

If you would like to make an appointment with our team, please call 1.800.KIDS.DOC (1.800.543.7362)

Related News & Stories

Blás is a Champ When it Comes to Bowel Management

Beth and Julian were excited to bring home their healthy baby boy, Blás, until their world came to a halt. Blás stopped eating a few hours after birth. His stomach became rock hard. Nurses flushed out his stomach until he spit up an alarming amount.

Cal Tackles Hirschsprung’s Disease with the Help of His Care Team

Sam and Kristen Conro knew something was wrong with their newborn within the first 48 hours of life. His belly was distended, he wasn’t eating, and he was sleeping more than expected. Sam and Kristen took Cal to their local hospital before being referred to Lurie Children’s.

Philanthropy

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500