Washington University pediatric colorectal surgeons in St. Louis provide high-quality care to children with complex colorectal issues, including Hirschsprung disease, anorectal malformations, and severe chronic constipation.

Our surgeons are part of a multidisciplinary team of experts at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

We work with pediatric gastroenterologists, radiologists, and any other specialists your child needs, to provide personalized solutions for your child and your family.

Learn more: Washington University Pediatric Colorectal Center

Conditions Treated

Our team provides care for all types of colorectal issues. These conditions often affect more than one system, so our specialists work together to deliver the right care for each child. Washington University pediatric colorectal specialists offer a variety of surgical and nonsurgical treatments for children with:

  • Anorectal malformations: A condition present a birth where the anus and rectum do not develop properly or are abnormally located.
  • Hirschsprung disease: A condition present at birth where stool does not move normally through the bowel, causing blockage, severe constipation, or other illness.
  • Severe chronic constipation: Constipation that lasts for several weeks or longer and can be painful. This may require “clean-out” or disimpaction in the hospital.
  • Other complex types of pediatric colorectal problems include cloaca, fecal incontinence and inflammatory bowel disease.

Multidisciplinary Care

The Washington University Pediatric Colorectal Center takes a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to patient care. This means that your child will benefit from seeing all the experts they need to see at one of the best children’s hospitals in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. Our team includes experts from pediatric surgery, gastroenterology, radiology, rehabilitation and nursing.

Pediatric Colorectal Center team
From left: Shannon Joerger, MD, Baddr Shakhsheer, MD, and Elizabeth Gutterson, MD.

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