Colorectal and Complex Pelvic Floor Disorders Program
The Colorectal Program at Children's Hospital Colorado is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide diagnosis and treatment of colorectal and pelvic floor disorders. We offer the only pediatric colorectal program in the western United States, and our program is a member site of the International Program for the Creation of Bowel Management Centers. We provide specialized care for children with such diagnoses as anorectal malformation, Hirschsprung's disease, and tumors or trauma in the pelvis that affect nerves in charge of bowel and urinary control.
Conditions We Treat
- Anorectal malformations
- Hirschsprung's disease
- Pelvic tumors
- Pelvic trauma
In the Colorectal and Complex Pelvic Floor Disorders Program your child will have a specific treatment plan tailored specifically to his or her needs. To accomplish this, the program offers a broad scope of treatment options for patients with anorectal malformations, including surgical revision for children with poor outcomes, ACE procedures, urologic and medical evaluation and management, and an intensive week of bowel management training.
If your child has a colorectal or pelvic floor disorder, the first step is to make an appointment in the Colorectal Clinic, which is held once per month. A pediatric surgeon will evaluate your child and establish a treatment plan specifically for your child. If you are unsure whether your child has a colorectal or pelvic floor disorder, please consult your pediatrician.
For children who fit the criteria, we offer a week-long intensive bowel management program. This outpatient program, called Bowel Management Week, is targeted for children of potty training age and is designed to achieve continence in children who are incontinent of stool. During the week, families and patients meet daily with the multidisciplinary colorectal team, who will implement and monitor a treatment plan tailored to your child's needs. By the end of the week, most patients are able to stay clean and dry and wear regular underwear.
To enroll your child in Bowel Management Week, please speak with your pediatrician and ask that he or she call on your behalf, or call our office to determine if this program is right for your child.
Colorectal and Complex Pelvic Floor Disorders Program Care Team
The colorectal team members are trained specifically to identify, treat and provide support for patients with colorectal disorders. The team is dedicated to providing the necessary tools to help your child achieve optimal bowel and bladder function, thereby improving your child's physical and social quality of life. Our care team includes specially trained and highly experienced pediatric surgeons, urologists, gastrointestinal specialists, nurse practitioners, a nutritionist, social worker and other health care providers who work together to offer the best care for your child - and your family.
Pediatric Surgeons and Pediatric Urologists are board-certified and trained to care for anorectal malformations in children.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
A PNP is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed an advanced degree as a nurse practitioner (NP), and has specialized in the care of children. PNPs in the Colorectal and Complex Pelvic Floor Disorders Program are licensed to see patients for assessment, treatment and follow-up.
Resources For Patients and Families
The Pull-thru Network was organized as a chapter of the United Ostomy Association in 1988 by a group of families whose children were born with an anorectal malformation. Today, the PTN is one of the largest organizations in the world dedicated to the support and information needs of the families of children born with imperforate anus, cloaca, cloaca exstrophy, bladder exstrophy, VATER Syndrome, Hirschsprung's Disease and other related birth anomalies.
For more information on the Colorectal and Complex Floor Disorders Program, please call (720) 777-6571 or e-mail the care team.