Child pointing at stomachThe Texas Pediatric Colorectal Program, affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the physicians at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of children with colorectal conditions, including anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung’s disease, and other issues related to bowel function.

The multidisciplinary team of specialists in pediatric gastroenterology, urology, general surgery, neurosurgery, and nutrition understands the unique challenges faced by children with colorectal conditions and aims to provide patients with the highest level of care to achieve optimal clinical outcomes and improve their quality of life.

What is a colorectal disorder?

A colorectal disorder, also called colorectal disease, is a malformation in the colon or rectum that inhibits the body from anticipating or controlling bowel activity. Colorectal disorders include, but are not limited to, the following conditions:

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What Exams and Tests Are Performed to Diagnose Colorectal Disorders?

The Texas Pediatric Colorectal Program has a full range of diagnostic imaging options to determine the best treatment plan for every patient. Parents are considered an integral member of their child’s care team, meaning a physician will review each prescribed diagnostic test with a parent and discuss what to expect for their child’s plan of care. Below is a list of diagnostic tests offered at the Texas Pediatric Colorectal Program:

  • Abdominal X-ray
  • Contrast Enema
  • MRI of Abdomen/Pelvis
  • MRI of Spine
  • Renal Ultrasound
  • Spine Ultrasound
  • Colostogram
  • Echocardiogram / Anorectal Manometry
  • Sitz Marker Study
  • Colonoscopy

What Treatment Options Are Available for Children With Colorectal Disorders?

The multidisciplinary team,provides operative and nonoperative treatment options for children with colorectal disorders. These treatment options include: bowel management with the use of medications and enemas, corrective surgery, sacral nerve stimulators, and surgery that can facilitate giving enemas long-term.

What is the Bowel Management Program?

The Bowel Management Program or “bowel boot camp,” at the UTPhysician Pediatric Surgery Clinic, is an intensive instructional and therapeutic one-week outpatient program for children who are unable to anticipate or control their bowel activity. After evaluation, parents and children are taught different methods that are used in the clinic, including instruction on how to give an enema, medications, diet modifications and behavioral modifications. All patients who attend the bowel management program receive a medical evaluation in which a tailored bowel regimen will be created to meet the patient’s specific needs. Throughout the week, the clinical care team follows every patient’s clinical course in order to provide lasting results.

Meet the Team

The Texas Pediatric Colorectal Program’s affiliated specialists utilize years of experience and advanced expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of colorectal disorders to improve outcomes for patients. The affiliated team consists of pediatric surgeons, urologists, gastroenterologists, nephrologists, neurosurgeons, nutritionists and wound care/ostomy specialists, who provide comprehensive care to all patients with colorectal disorders at UT Physicians and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital should your child require hospitalization.

Why Choose Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital?

Children’s Memorial Hermann HospitalThe Texas Pediatric Colorectal Program, affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the physicians at McGovern Medical School, is one of the first colorectal programs focused on long-term care within the state of Texas. The Program’s affiliated physicians offer a continuum of care for patients with colorectal disorders, from birth through childhood and into adulthood. Since Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is a pediatric hospital located within an adult hospital, this specialized Program is in the unique position to provide transitional care services for patients of all ages within the same facility. Currently, the design of this Program, aimed to care for the patient throughout their life span, is the only one of its kind in the country.

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  • UT Physicians Pediatric Specialists 
    Texas Medical Center

    6410 Fannin St., Suite 500
    Houston, Texas 77030
    Phone: (832) 325-6516
  • UT Physicians Pediatric Surgery
    Texas Medical Center

    6410 Fannin St., Suite 950
    Houston, Texas 77030
    Phone: (832) 325-7234

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