Mayo Clinic's approach


Mayo Clinic pediatric and colon and rectal surgeons work closely with gastroenterologists and other specialists to tailor your treatment and develop a care plan geared toward controlling pain and preventing complications after your surgery.

Advanced technology

Mayo Clinic surgeons use a minimally invasive approach for more than 70 percent of J-pouch surgeries, which usually means smaller incisions and faster recovery, including a shorter hospital stay, compared with those for traditional open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery may include laparoscopy, single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), robotics or transanal approaches. Some children have J-pouch surgery performed though an incision so small that a detectable scar can't be seen.

Pediatric expertise

The Mayo Clinic Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center for Children specializes in diagnosing and treating children with all types of inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis. Mayo Clinic offers a variety of specialists dedicated to the unique concerns of children with digestive issues, including pediatric gastroenterologists, pediatric surgeons, pediatric endocrinologists, pediatric nurse practitioners, pediatric mental health specialists and other pediatric specialists as needed.

Expertise and rankings


Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeons have extensive experience in their field, performing more than 7,000 procedures annually. Each year, Mayo Clinic surgeons perform about 150 J-pouch surgeries.


Researchers at Mayo Clinic are at the forefront of new techniques and procedures to ensure surgical success and prevent infection. Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeons pioneered the J-pouch procedure, making it possible for people to continue eliminating waste normally after colorectal surgery.

Surgeons at Mayo Clinic were among the first to introduce hand-assisted laparoscopic colon surgery. Mayo Clinic pediatric surgeons have used and studied single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), performing the J-pouch procedure through only one small incision.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked among the Best Hospitals and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked highly performing for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for digestive disorders.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's Colon and Rectal Surgery and Gastroenterology and Hepatology departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.