Surgeons in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota offer the latest diagnostic and treatment services for disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. They perform thousands of colorectal surgeries each year.

Mayo Clinic's colon and rectal surgeons work closely with gastroenterologists to assess your symptoms and quickly reach an accurate diagnosis. In most cases, problems are diagnosed and treatment (including colorectal surgery) begins in three to four days.

Mayo Clinic surgeons helped develop minimally invasive (laparoscopic) colon and rectal surgery and use these techniques on almost all surgeries. Laparoscopic procedures use smaller incisions than conventional surgery, which decreases bleeding, lessens pain and shortens both expected hospital stays and overall recovery times. They are also skilled in robotic surgery, a specialized form of laparoscopic surgery, and ileoanal anastomosis surgery that avoids the need for a permanent colostomy.

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.