Colorectal Center

The first pediatric Colorectal Program in South Florida

Specialized treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with abnormalities affecting the colon, anus, rectum, urinary tract and genitals.

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When a child has a colon and/or rectum abnormality, the associated challenges can impact quality of life for the child and the entire family.

The Colorectal Center at Nicklaus Children’s – the first of its kind in South Florida – is designed to optimize medical and surgical care and daily living for affected families. The center treats children, adolescents and young adults with abnormalities affecting the large intestine (colon), anus, rectum, urinary tract and genitals with the goal of creating a personalized treatment plan that supports patients and families in living a full and active life.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Care

The Colorectal Program care team includes a full spectrum of specialists who are available to consult in the child’s care depending on individual needs. The medical team includes the following specialists: 
  • Pediatric surgeon specializing in management of bowel and rectum abnormalities
  • Pediatric urologist
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Nurse practitioner with experience in supporting families in managing children with bowel and rectum abnormalities
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Radiologist
  • Pathologist
  • Psychologist
  • Dietitian
  • Child life specialist
  • Social worker

Treatments and Procedures

  • Bowel Management Program
  • Colostomy

Treatments and Procedures

Each child is different and children’s needs change as they grow and develop. At the Colorectal Center, treatment is tailored to the individual, working closely with families through all aspects of life to help with concerns and challenges that may arise during puberty and young adulthood.

Conditions We Treat

  • Neurogenic Bowel

Dedicated Team in Improving Quality of Life

Many patients with colorectal disorders face challenges integrating into society because of associated social stigmas. Most children require long-term follow up care. The Colorectal Center is dedicated to the well-being and needs of all of our patients through childhood and beyond.

Weekly clinics enable families to consult with the team as needed to assess progress and modify care plans as appropriate.

Stories to Inspire

Close your eyes and picture a fun-loving toddler learning a new language, singing songs, and exploring her environment – eager to learn about the world around her and everything it has to offer.
That’s Mayra, a two-year-old girl who was born with a very rare case of cloacal malformation, a developmental disorder that affects nearly one in every 50,000 babies. Mayra’s life was at risk due to impending renal failure and time was running out.
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