Colorectal Surgery

 

The Section of Colorectal Surgery is comprised of the following faculty:

Jitesh Patel, MD

Jitesh Patel, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Program Director, General Surgery
Director, 4th Year Medical Student Surgery Clerkship
Co-Director, 3rd Year Medical Student Surgery Clerkship

 

Avinash Bhakta, MD

Avinash Bhakta, MD
Assistant Professor

Sandra Beck, MD

Sandra Beck, MD
Professor of Surgery
Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program
Colorectal Surgery Section Chief

 

Jon Hourigan, MD

Jon Hourigan, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery

The colorectal surgeons at UK HealthCare are specialists in the treatment of diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum, and anus. We emphasize compassionate, expert care for benign conditions such as hemorrhoids, fissures and abscess/fistula in ano disease; functional disease such as rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence and chronic constipation; inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis; and diverticulitis and its complications.

We also specialize in the management and surgical treatment of colon, rectal and anal cancer. Our emphasis, whenever feasible, is non-operative or minimally invasive when surgical intervention is necessary.

Office-based, non-surgical treatment of hemorrhoids such as rubber band ligation and infrared coagulation, and non-operative treatment of anal fissures such as Botox injection are available.

When major surgery is necessary, the vast majority of patients are candidates for laparoscopic colorectal surgery resulting in smaller incisions, less pain, and faster recovery. In addition, we emphasize sphincter-preserving surgery which enables patients to avoid permanent stomas or colostomies.

For ulcerative colitis we perform J pouch surgery and for rectal cancer patients we perform coloanal anstomoses often with colonic J pouch which further enhances continence following surgery.