For patients living with a congenital colorectal disorder, having providers with expertise in specific pediatric conditions can make a big difference in treatment options and quality of life. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, in affiliation with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston provides unmatched care for congenital colorectal disorders and the related conditions that begin at birth and continue throughout adulthood.
The comprehensive congenital colorectal care program helps provide patients with support and management for long-term challenges. Many patients have difficulty finding providers who fully understand their condition and related disorders, and who can provide the necessary treatment and management. That’s why the affiliated team takes a comprehensive approach with physicians from multiple specialties working together to create innovative methods of caring for medical needs that can last a lifetime.
Congenital colorectal disorders are conditions babies are born with that affect the anatomy or function of the colon, rectum, and pelvic floor. Kidney, bladder, genital, and spine disorders often occur along with a congenital colorectal disorder.
While patients can undergo surgery to correct the disorder as infants, many continue to experience symptoms throughout their life. These symptoms can affect bowel movements, urinary control, sexual function, reproductive capabilities, kidney function, and other aspects of daily life.
Our affiliated team of highly specialized physicians can diagnose, treat, and manage a wide range of complex colorectal disorders including:
We also treat conditions that develop because of congenital colorectal disorders and their associated anomalies including:
Most colorectal disorders are diagnosed during infancy — using a physical examination, diagnostic studies, and imaging tests. In addition to a physical examination, the team of multispecialty physicians may recommend testing that could include:
Some patients require only surgery, while others can benefit from ongoing treatment for a variety of issues. It is not unusual for patients to have unresolved medical concerns when moving from pediatric to adult care. Congenital colorectal conditions often lead to problems that may not have been addressed in childhood but will be important to address as patients age. Issues in need of attention may include fertility issues, sexual dysfunction, and mental health issues.
Our care team involved in this comprehensive program provide seamless coordination between different medical specialties to deliver the most appropriate treatment options. Surgical and nonsurgical procedures provided at UT Physicians clinics or a Children’s Memorial Hermann location include:
As a health system that cares for both children and adults, Memorial Hermann, in affiliation with UTHealth Houston and UT Physicians, is uniquely positioned to have pediatric and adult providers work together to provide the most complete care available. It is a team effort that delivers exceptional, coordinated care. We treat adults who transition within the Memorial Hermann system from pediatric care, as well as adults who have received pediatric care elsewhere.
We are here to help you navigate congenital colorectal care. Feeling unsure of what the future holds is normal, but Memorial Hermann is ready to guide you through the process so you can enjoy the best possible quality of life.
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