Colorectal Surgery

Colorectal surgeons at Cooper University Health Care diagnose and treat a full range of colorectal disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, and colorectal cancer.

We perform a high volume of colorectal surgeries and are committed to providing you with compassionate, high-quality care. Additionally, our partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center ensures comprehensive treatment options for patients with cancer of the colon, rectum, anus, or intestines.

Why Choose Us for Colorectal Surgery?

Surgeons in our department of colorectal surgery perform a high volume of surgeries each year. Research shows that high volumes can result in faster recovery times and better survival rates. Other features of our department include:

  • Latest surgical techniques: We perform surgery using minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. When compared to open procedures involving larger incisions, these minimally invasive approaches result in less pain and bleeding and a quicker recovery. Minimally invasive procedures include:
    • Laparoscopy: Doctors make several small incisions in the abdomen through which to pass surgical tools, including a laparoscope, a thin tube with a tiny camera on its tip to view the procedure.
    • Robotic surgery: Our surgeons use the advanced da Vinci robotic surgery system, comprised of miniaturized instruments and a high-definition, 3-D camera mounted on separate robotic arms. This system provides improved precision and range of motion, as well as complete visualization of the surgical area.
    • Transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS): We use this procedure to remove benign polyps and some early-stage cancerous tumors from the rectum. Doctors insert a special device into the rectum that allows them to access and remove growths without making any incisions in the abdomen.
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program: This program works to decrease the length of your hospital stay and improve your overall experience after surgery. Some of the many features of ERAS include:
    • Receiving counseling about what to expect during recovery
    • Using minimal narcotics for pain relief
    • Getting out of the hospital bed soon after surgery to help with healing
    • Eating shortly after surgery to encourage proper nutrition and good digestive function
  • Multidisciplinary expertise: Our colorectal surgeons work as a team with a variety of specialists to ensure you receive comprehensive, personalized treatment. Our experts include:
    • Gastroenterologists, who may help diagnose your colorectal condition
    • Nurse practitioners dedicated solely to the care of colorectal surgery patients
    • Nutritionists, who create dietary plans to manage your colorectal condition or aid in your recovery after surgery
    • Physical therapists, who help you get moving after surgery
    • Genetic counselors, who help you and your family members make decisions about genetic testing for certain colorectal disorders
    • Radiation, medical, and surgical oncologists at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
    • Nurse navigators, who help you better understand your diagnosis and your treatment options.  They serve as patient advocates and address any questions or concerns you have about your care.
  • Research and education: Our surgeons work with surgical residents to publish and present their research at national meetings. This relationship fosters an environment of learning and innovation, leading to better care for our patients.

Colorectal Conditions We Treat

Some of the most common diseases and conditions we treat include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Fissures and fistulas
  • Diverticulitis
  • Benign colorectal and anal polyps
  • Hemorrhoids

Contact Us

To learn more about services available through our division of colorectal surgery or to schedule an appointment, please call 800.8.COOPER (800.826.6737).

Refer a Patient

If you are a doctor who wants to refer a patient to the division of colorectal surgery, please call 800.8.COOPER (800.826.6737).