Disorders of the anus are more common than you may think, and are increasing in incidence around the world. They can cause extreme discomfort, or may remain invisible and silent until they’ve progressed. You may have bleeding, discharge, pain, irritation, or a change in your bowel habits, and may also feel uncomfortable talking about your symptoms. Rest assured — you are not alone. At NewYork-Presbyterian, our gastrointestinal specialists understand how anal disorders can impair your quality of life. Through our comprehensive programs, we are dedicated to treating a wide range of anorectal disorders, including hemorrhoids, anal fistulas, infections, fecal incontinence, and anorectal cancer. Our goal is to provide the care you need to feel better again.
A Customized Team
We take a team approach to your care. Whatever type of anorectal disorder you have, we provide the specialists you need . Our team includes gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, dietitians, nurses, and others with the experience to treat people with anorectal conditions. Your care team takes the time to understand your anal disorder and how it is affecting your life, and then creates the best plan of care to meet your needs.
Making the Diagnosis
We conduct a comprehensive evaluation and offer you all of the diagnostic testing you may need. We begin with a one-on-one discussion between you and your doctor about your personal and family medical history, your symptoms, and how your anal disorder is affecting your life. We then offer diagnostic tests such as physical examination, anoscopy and proctoscopy to view your anal tract, and colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy if needed to examine your rectum and colon. Sometimes we use imaging studies such as MRI or endorectal ultrasound to view parts of your lower digestive tract that we may not be able to see through other exams. Armed with the results of this assessment, we can make an accurate diagnosis.
Advancing Anorectal Care
Our doctors have developed novel treatments for fecal incontinence (bowel control problems). Our surgeons employ minimally invasive approaches for patients who cannot tolerate conventional rectal surgery. The specialists at NewYork-Presbyterian use treatments based on the latest advances in medicine to ensure you are receiving the most technologically advanced care for your condition.
Specialists and Subspecialists in Every Area
At NewYork-Presbyterian, we treat the whole person. You'll have access to the full resources at our top-ranked academic medical centers, including specialists from all areas who collaborate with our digestive care experts to provide comprehensive care.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Columbia Colorectal Surgery Division
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Center for Advanced Digestive Care