Washington University physicians are skilled in utilizing both non-operative and surgical techniques to treat benign anorectal disorders such as rectal prolapse, perirectal abscesses and fistulas, and hemorrhoids, as well as pelvic floor abnormalities resulting in incontinence and constipation.
Services offered by Washington University include biofeedback techniques to treat minor degrees of anal incontinence and surgical anal sphincter reconstruction in women following childbirth. Research in this area at Washington University includes an artificial bowel sphincter project, an adhesive barrier trial to prevent adhesions in small bowel obstructions and drug trials for the treatment of constipation.
The Washington University Anal Physiology Lab serves as a regional referral center for manometry and electromyogram services to evaluate and treat constipation and incontinence. Transrectal ultrasound is available for the staging of rectal cancer and for sphincter mapping.