Colorectal Disease Services
Disorders of the lower gastrointestinal tract can be painful, embarrassing and even life-threatening. The cause can be extremely hard to pinpoint. In the case of colon cancer, there may be no pain at all until the disease has become life-threatening.
At UC Irvine Health, our colorectal disease specialists are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of all disorders of the colon, rectum and small intestine, including: polyps, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, rectal prolapse, anal and perianal malignancies, and bowel incontinence.
We also are experts in the treatment of colon cancer, which is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States. Our gastroenterologists are skilled at performing colonoscopies, which can detect precancerous polyps and other changes in the lining of the bowel.
Routine screening after age 50 can prevent 60 percent of colon cancer deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Our colorectal disease experts are dedicated to restoring function and improving the quality of life of all our patients.
To make an appointment, call 888-717-GIMD (888-717-4463).
Whether you suffer from colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease or incontinence, our UC Irvine Health colorectal disease specialists are dedicated to improving your health and preserving your quality of life.
We treat a wide range of diseases, from polyps, colitis, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis to cancers of the small intestine, anus, colon cancer and rectal cancer.
Our surgeons are especially skilled at minimally invasive laparoscopic and robot-assisted approaches, with an emphasis on colostomy bag-sparing procedures and sphincter preservation.
Learn more about the conditions we treat and the procedures we perform ›
Our board-certified UC Irvine Health colorectal disease specialists are part of the H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center, a national leader in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and conditions.
The digestive disease center, located at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, makes it easy for patients to consult with our multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, oncologists and radiologists.
Our colorectal team members are pioneers in the treatment of bowel diseases, offering our patients a level of coordinated care unavailable elsewhere in Orange County—or in most medical centers in the nation.
- When surgery is indicated, we are experts at minimally invasive laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgical techniques that not only reduce pain, blood loss and recovery time, but also help our patients avoid colostomy bags.
- Our fellowship-trained surgeons are among a select few in the United States skilled in advanced robot-assisted procedures for patients with colon and rectal cancer and other conditions. These include total mesorectal excision (TME) and complete or partial colon resection—without leaving a visible scar.
- For patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, we offer the region’s only comprehensive program to treat inflammatory bowel disease.
- We were the first in Orange County to use hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), which involves bathing the abdominal cavity with warmed solution of chemotherapy drugs immediately after surgery to kill any lingering cancer cells.
- We also were the first in Southern California to use a sacral nerve stimulator for fecal incontinence. The treatment is now widely available.
- And as physicians at Orange County's only university medical center, many of our team members are actively conducting clinical trials that give our patients access to leading-edge treatments before they are available elsewhere.
Throughout your diagnosis and treatment, our team has one goal: providing you with the most comprehensive care. Our experienced physicians work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that meets your individual needs.
Our experienced team of colorectal disease experts includes board-certified and fellowship-trained gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, medical oncologists, highly skilled nurses and other healthcare professionals who specialize in caring for patients with gastrointestinal disorders.
We also work closely with pathologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists and an extensive support team. Together, we are equipped to help our patients with all aspects of colorectal diseases and conditions.
Our physicians include: