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Founding Director Alberto Peña, MD, revolutionized the treatment of pediatric colorectal patients in 1980 when he introduced a surgical procedure called the posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP), or pull-through procedure.
The technique provides greater surgical accuracy in repositioning the anus, minimizes damage to surrounding anatomical structures, reduces post-surgical pain and improves outcomes.
Our surgeons use variations of this procedure to treat patients with anorectal malformations, cloacal malformations, Hirschsprung’s disease and severe idiopathic constipation.
Marc Levitt, MD, director of the Colorectal Center, explains the story of the Rainbow Fish and the impact Dr. Peña has made for colorectal patients around the world.
Read "Celebrating the 3,000th Peña Procedure" in portable document format (PDF).
The Colorectal Center has changed the quality of life for the 3,000th child with a colorectal problem open to repair via the “Peña pull through procedure,” technically known as posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP).
The revolutionary approach has been expanded to many clinical situations since challenging the standard approach 33 years ago that often cut surrounding anatomic structures. Peña’s technique provides greater surgical accuracy in repositioning the anus and minimizes damage.
The Colorectal team just celebrated the milestone procedure on Jan. 9.
Peña and Andrea Bischoff, MD, pediatric surgeon, Colorectal Center, performed the 3,000th surgery for a child in Bolivia when teaching a course there in November 2012. Fifty pediatric surgeons from Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil attended to learn about the operation and how to improve the functional outcome of patients with colorectal conditions.
Since Peña joined Cincinnati Children’s in 2005 with his surgical partner Marc Levitt, MD, director, Colorectal Center, more and more patients have come to the medical center to receive treatment. The team has served children from 88 countries and all 50 states.
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