At the Colorectal Center, our specialists work together
to provide coordinated, integrated care. Over time we develop close
relationships with patients, many of whom return to our center for lifelong
follow-up care. We understand what patients need to experience an exceptional
quality of life.
Before your child’s first visit, one of our experienced nurses
will call you to ask questions about your child’s medical history. She also may
request test results and medical information from your previous treatment
providers. After collecting as much background information as possible, the
nurse will share it with the team in a meeting led by one of our colorectal
During this meeting, specialists in colorectal surgery, gastroenterology,
urology, gynecology and many other fields will talk about your child’s
condition and possible treatment options. They will be joined by other team
members, such as a dietitian, child life specialist and rehabilitation
therapists. Together, they will consider the “big picture,” rather than
focusing solely on their own areas of expertise, and create a preliminary
treatment plan. The nurse will share that plan with you on the phone.
If, after considering this plan, you decide to bring your
child to the Colorectal Center, our team will create a detailed schedule
for your visit. This comprehensive visit typically lasts several days, and
includes appointments with various specialists, diagnostic tests, extensive
family education and, if possible, treatment. If surgery is needed, we try to schedule
it during this initial visit so that you do not have to make a second trip.