In Sight: Three Procedures, One Surgery

In Sight: Three Procedures, One Surgery 388 320 Jeb Phillips

Colorectal Surgery, Urology and Gynecology coordinate to save tissue and time.

A child with a complex colorectal and pelvic condition may require several surgeries over months or years before they are able to successfully manage their urine and stool. With advance planning and coordination it can be possible to treat many issues at once and conserve tissue. The Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children’s Hospital brings medical and surgical teams together for this very purpose.

Shown here is a representative collaboration: A 5-year-old girl presented with a dysfunctional sigmoid colon leading to fecal soiling, a small, overactive bladder resulting in urinary incontinence, and distal vaginal atresia (or absent lower vagina). In a single eight-hour operation colorectal, urological and gynecological surgeons used portions of the dysfunctional sigmoid colon to both augment the bladder and create a neovagina. Appendix tissue, meanwhile, became channels that both allowed for catheterization of the bladder and for flushing of the colon.

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About the author

Jeb is a senior writer and editor for Clinical & Research Communications at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He contributes feature stories and research news to PediatricsOnline, the hospital’s electronic newsletter for physicians and other health care providers, and to Pediatrics Nationwide. He has served as a communications specialist at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at The Research Institute and came to Nationwide Children’s after 14-year career as daily newspaper reporter, most recently at The Columbus Dispatch.