Doctors in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona specialize in the surgical treatment of disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. They perform hundreds of operations each year, largely using minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques. Laparoscopic procedures offer many benefits, including less blood loss, trauma and scaring, a shorter hospital stay and a more rapid recovery than conventional surgery.

Colorectal surgeons at Mayo Clinic in Arizona are committed to refining minimally invasive techniques. In 2009, a colon and rectal surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Arizona performed the first single-incision total colectomy, in which the entire colon was removed through a single 3-centimeter incision around the navel.

Mayo Clinic surgeons also increasingly use transanal endoscopic microsurgery to treat rectal cancers. Transanal endoscopic microsurgery is a minimally invasive procedure that offers increased precision in removing tumors in the rectum.

Another innovative area is the use of sacral nerve stimulation to treat fecal incontinence.

Colon and rectal surgeons work closely with colleagues in gastroenterology and other specialties to ensure that you receive the most comprehensive, innovative and supportive care possible.

All Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeons are board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.