Gastrointestinal care in Richmond, Virginia

Colon & Rectal Surgery Program

At Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, our Colon & Rectal Surgery Program is a comprehensive center for preventing, detecting and treating disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. Our program also includes a Pelvic Floor Center devoted to diagnosing and treating pelvic floor dysfunctions. We are part of the Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery, providing patients with the latest technology and advanced surgical treatment options in central Virginia.

To learn more about the Colon & Rectal Surgery Program, please call us at (804) 254-9708.

To ensure that patients are as comfortable as possible, we also feature:

  • An inpatient care unit
  • A colon and rectal program nurse navigator who provides support and education to patients before, during and after surgery
  • A post-surgical unit with a tranquil atmosphere to foster relaxation and healing

Colorectal surgery

Our Colon & Rectal Surgery Program is led by a team of highly trained physicians, nurses and other medical staff who deliver the best patient care. We offer innovative services, including:

  • Excellence in colon and rectal surgical care
  • Treatment for colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, polyps, diverticulitis, constipation, fecal incontinence, hemorrhoids and more
  • Advanced technology, new therapies and minimally invasive surgeries to provide the best screening and treatment for colon cancer
  • Breakthrough sedation techniques for colonoscopies
  • Laparoscopic colon resections that use smaller incisions, resulting in faster recovery times
  • Outpatient ostomy clinic to improve quality of life

Advanced gastroenterology procedures

Retreat Doctors’ Hospital provides specialized care through our affiliation with HCA Virginia. We serve as the center for motility and pelvic floor care. We offer the following services:

  • Esophageal motility study is a diagnostic test that evaluates the function of your esophagus.
  • 24-hour pH monitoring measures and records the pH in your esophagus to determine a diagnosis for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Bernstein acid perfusion study is usually completed with other tests to measure esophageal function. This method is used to reproduce symptoms of heartburn.
  • Anal manometry with rectal sensation testing is performed to evaluate patients with constipation or fecal incontinence.
  • Pelvic floor retraining includes a series of exercises designed to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.
  • Electromyography is an electrodiagnostic medicine technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles.
  • 3D imaging of rectum helps physicians identify whether cancer is present.
  • Pudendal nerve study evaluates the nerve to the anal sphincter muscles.
  • Urodynamics is a study that assess how the bladder and urethra are performing their job of storing and releasing urine.
  • Defecography is an X-ray test used to evaluate for disorders of the lower bowel not detected by a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy.
  • Retreat was the first hospital to offer the artificial bowel sphincter, stapled transanal rectal resection and Interstim® therapy or sacral nerve stimulator procedures for fecal incontinence.