At the Colorectal Center, surgeons and urologists (as well as gynecologists, when needed) work with a large team of other specialists at Cincinnati Children’s to provide comprehensive care for children with anorectal malformation. Our center offers surgical and non-surgical therapies.

Anorectal malformations includes a wide spectrum of defects. Some of these anorectal anomalies are very minor and easily treated, with an excellent long-term prognosis. Others are complex, affecting multiple areas of life, from digestion and bowel control to walking and sexual function.

Surgeons at the Colorectal Center have performed more than 3,000 posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP) procedures for anorectal malformation. Also, the Colorectal Center offers non-surgical and novel therapies that are not widely available for children with anorectal malformation. For example, we are one of only a few pediatric institutions in the world offering sacral nerve stimulation to help children achieve bowel control. This treatment involves implanting a device that delivers mild electrical pulses to the pelvic nerves. It is used when other therapies are not successful.

At the Colorectal Center, we know that potty training children with an anorectal malformation can be challenging, because they sometimes lack the nerve and muscle control required to control their bowel movements. Our Bowel Management Program can help these children achieve bowel control and avoid the embarrassment of fecal incontinence. 

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