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Colorectal Services

Although not all colorectal diseases are curable, many can usually be treated successfully, especially if detected early. The colorectal surgeons at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center are compassionate professionals, skilled at detecting problems and using the least invasive treatment methods.

When treating diseases and disorders of the colon and rectum, we use the most advanced technology with an emphasis on preserving sphincter control and avoiding the need for permanent stomas.

Condition Treatment and Disease Management

Treatments for the following conditions may include:

Anal itching (pruritus ani)

  • Over-the-counter creams
  • Protective ointments
  • Antihistamines
Cancers of the anus, colon and rectum
  • RapidArc radiotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
    • Image-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
    • Image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT)
  • Chemotherapy
    • Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)
  • Da Vinci® robotic surgery
  • Laparoscopic colon resections
  • Sphincter-preserving surgery
  • Anal physiology lab
  • Three-dimensional endorectal ultrasound
Colonic polyps
  • Endoscopic procedures
    • Endoscopic mucosal resection
    • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Laparoscopic-assisted endoscopic resection
  • Dietary changes
  • Medication
  • Anal physiology lab
  • Biofeedback
Diverticular disease
  • Dietary changes
  • Medication
  • Laparoscopic surgery to remove the diseased part of the colon
Fecal (bowel) incontinence
  • Dietary changes
  • Medication
  • Muscle-strengthening exercises
  • Biofeedback
  • Neuromodulation therapy
  • Surgical muscle repair
  • Artificial anal sphincter
  • Anal manometry
  • Three-dimensional endo-anal ultrasound
  • Antibiotics or other drug therapies
  • Medication
  • Surgery – sphincter-preserving procedures
  • Dietary changes
  • Sitz bath
  • Rubber band ligation
  • Injection (sclerotherapy) and coagulation
  • Traditional operative procedures
  • Hemorrhoid stapling
  • Surgery
Hidradenitis suppurativa (disease of the sweat glands)
  • Medications
  • Incision and drainage
  • Uncovering tunnels or tracts
  • Surgical removal
Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
    • Medication
    • Ileal pouch-anal anastomosis
  • Crohn’s disease
    • Medication
    • Dietary changes and vitamin supplements
    • Drainage of abscesses
Pilonidal disease
  • Antibiotics
  • Draining or removal of cysts
Rectal prolapse
  • Surgical repair
Sexually transmitted infections
  • Various treatments, depending on the infection
Twisted or blocked colon (colonic volvulus)
  • Surgical removal of the blockage as well as any part of the colon that has been damaged

Contact Us

To learn more, for help finding a physician or to schedule an appointment, call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622). You can also find a physician and request an appointment online.

Physicians: To refer a patient, call 773.296.7095.

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