Every child with an anorectal malformation has unique needs. The multidisciplinary care team will develop a treatment plan based on your child’s type of anorectal malformation, the presence and type of associated conditions, and overall health.
Some of the conditions that can be associated with anorectal malformation include genital, urinary, kidney and spinal abnormalities. Depending on your child’s needs, the care team may include a specialized pediatric colorectal surgeon, urologist, gynecologist, registered dietitian, psychologist, social worker and child life specialist, among other providers. Working together, these specialists can help your child experience the best quality of life possible.
Children who have an anorectal malformation will need a surgery called an anorectoplasty (PSARP) to correct the defect. This involves moving the anus to the appropriate location within the muscles (anal sphincter) that are responsible for bowel control. When possible, the surgeon can use minimally invasive laparoscopic or robot-assisted surgical techniques. This can mean less pain, less blood loss, faster healing and shorter hospital stays, compared to what patients may experience with an “open” or traditional surgery.