Colon and Rectal

Why choose us for digestive conditions?

Digestive health colorectal surgeon Dr. Kwaan

At University of Minnesota Medical Center, we understand that colon and rectal diseases can be very stressful and complex. Because digestive conditions often involve more than one organ or area, diagnosis can be difficult. Also, a treatment plan usually requires collaboration among several digestive specialties. That's why we provide comprehensive care under one roof.

Colon and rectal surgery requires special expertise. Our doctors perform minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery using robotics, which allows patients to recover more quickly and with less pain.

We also offer clinical trial opportunities to patients who qualify.

Treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

University of Minnesota Physicians doctors offer highly specialized care when it comes to treating advanced inflammatory bowel disease, commonly referred to as IBD. We have dedicated IBD experts who understand the complexities of IBD-related conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. We work with each patient to put together a personalized treatment plan based on the severity of the condition.

Colon and rectal surgery: what you need to know

When it comes to colon and rectal surgery, our patients usually have a lot of questions:
  • How do I prepare for it?
  • Where do I check in on the day of the surgery?
  • Will I be awake during the surgery?
  • How long will it take me to recover?
Watch our patient video, where we walk you through the process, step-by-step.

Conditions we treat
  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Crohn's disease
    • Ulcerative colitis
  • Diverticular disease
  • Familial colon and rectal cancer syndromes
  • Colon and rectal polyps
  • Anal cancer
  • Anal dysplasia
  • Incontinence
  • Anorectal disorders
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Abscesses
    • Fissures
    • Fistulas
  • Pilonidal disease
  • Rectal prolapse
  • HIV-related conditions
  • Colostomy reversal

Procedures and treatments
  • Colonoscopy and colonoscopic removal of polyps
  • Colon resection (right colectomy, left colectomy, sigmoid colectomy)
  • Laparoscopic colon resection
  • Ileocolic resection for Crohn’s
  • Subtotal colectomy with ileorectal anastomosis
  • Ileoanal J pouch (“IPAA” or Parks procedure)
  • Rectopexy
  • Perineal rectosigmoidectomy (altmeier procedure)
  • Rectal cancer operations
  • Low anterior resection with colon to rectal or colon to anus connection
  • Abdominoperineal resection
  • Transanal excision of rectal tumor
  • Pelvic exenteration
  • Colon and rectal surgery

Doctors & Providers

Colorectal Surgery

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.