The preservation of anal sphincter function and intestinal continuity and the avoidance of the need for permanent ileostomy or colostomy are of utmost importance. Very few operations require that the muscles of control be sacrificed. In many others, however, the preservation of continence is determined by the knowledge and skill of the surgeon. Drs. Worsey and Beiermeister are continuously refining their techniques of sphincter saving operations for cancer of the colon and rectum, Crohn’s Disease , Ulcerative Colitis .
Repair of anal sphincters damaged by prior surgery and childbirth injuries is also of interest to us. Techniques are now available to assess sphincter function by Anal Manometry, Endoanal ultrasound , Fluoroscopic Defacography and nerve testing. These simple tests help define the cause and location of anal sphincter injuries so that reconstructive operations can be precisely designed.
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Established in 1924 by Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has been one of Southern California’s premier medical centers for more than 80 years. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla offers a wide range of clinical, surgical and specialty services. It is consistently recognized for quality patient care and is the first in San Diego to be designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nursing Association for excellence in patient care.
San Diego Colon and Rectal Surgeons
9834 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, California 92037