Children's Hospital Colorado

Hirschsprung Disease Course: A Workshop for the Diagnosis, Treatment and Postoperative Care of Hirschsprung Disease

Where comprehensive care, personalized attention and world-class experience meet to treat patients with complex colorectal disorders.



Next Hirschsprung Disease Course: August 10-11, 2022

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Led by Luis De La Torre, MD, Alberto Peña, MD, and Andrea Bischoff, MD, renowned pediatric surgeons from the International Center for Colorectal and Urogenital Care at Children's Hospital Colorado, the Hirschsprung Disease Course is a two-day intensive workshop.

The course is designed for pediatric surgeons, fellows, gastroenterologists, pediatricians, pathologists, radiologists and pediatric nurses managing patients with colorectal problems. During the course, you will learn state-of-the-art methods for the diagnosis, treatment and postoperative care of children with Hirschsprung disease.

Drs. De La Torre, Peña and Bischoff have been leading surgeons in the field of pediatric colorectal surgery for decades. With a special focus on Hirschsprung disease, the team continues to conduct research and even produce podcasts and videos with the goal of increasing knowledge about this and similar colorectal conditions. Decades ago, these conditions meant difficult lives that were often cut short. Now, by sharing their expertise in the field, their hope is that patients with these conditions will not simply live longer, but they will live happy and healthy lives well into old age.

Attendees’ outcome

This two-day intensive course will examine the surgical treatment and management of pediatric Hirschsprung disease and address complications often associated with the condition. Attendees will be able to propose practice improvements to their teams based on evidence-based guidelines, tools and resources presented at the conference. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Review the principles of diagnosis of Hirschsprung disease
  • Describe the histopathology of Hirschsprung and of the transitional zone
  • Describe the different management options for Hirschsprung disease
  • Discuss the challenges of short- and long-term postoperative care
  • Describe the diagnosis of fecal incontinence, colitis and constipation and the difference in their management
  • Recognize indications for re-operative surgery
  • Describe the indication for an exam under anesthesia after a pull-through procedure
  • Discuss management of the three main types of Hirschsprung disease
  • Explain and outline the use of the transanal approach for a variety of conditions

This two-day intensive course will examine the surgical treatment and management of Hirschsprung disease including:

  • Methods of evaluation of surgical techniques
  • Description of the surgical technique of appendicostomy and neo-appendicostomy
  • Idiopathic constipation
  • Describe bowel management for colitis, constipation and fecal incontinence
  • Outline of postoperative care