Colorectal Surgery Program

Mass General's Colorectal Surgery Program offers expert surgical care, including minimally invasive procedures and sphincter-sparing procedures to treat conditions affecting the intestinal tract, colon and rectum, anal canal and perianal area.

Located within a world-class academic medical center, the Colorectal Surgery Program offers state-of-the-art surgical services for conditions affecting the colon, rectum, intestinal tract, and perianal area.

Leaders in Colorectal Surgery

Our colorectal surgeons specialize in performing colon and rectal surgery. This specialization requires rigorous advanced training and a highly focused clinical practice dedicated to colorectal disease management. Our surgeons are board-certified, Harvard Medical School-affiliated physicians who perform some of the highest volumes of colorectal surgery and laparoscopic colorectal surgery in New England. Research demonstrates that high-volume experience results in improved outcomes for patients. In addition to holding leadership positions in preeminent surgical organizations, each of our surgeons is a member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Multidisciplinary Colorectal Care

As part of our approach to care, we work closely with specialists from the Digestive Healthcare Center and the Cancer Center, as well as gastroenterolgists, gastrointestinal and interventional radiologists, endoscopists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologists, physical therapists, neurologists and other colorectal specialists throughout Massachusetts General Hospital. Whether your condition requires care from one specialist or an entire team, we work together to develop a personalized care plan to treat your condition.

Conditions We Treat

Mass General is a major referral center for the full range of colorectal conditions, such as: 

  • Anorectal and rectal conditions, including anal fissures, anal fistulas and rectal-vaginal fissures
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Diverticular disease, including diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Pelvic floor disorders (conditions caused by tears, weakness or poor function of the muscles and nerves in the pelvic floor), including pelvic organ prolapse, fecal incontinence and constipation

Our Procedures

We provide a full range of colorectal surgical procedures, the most common of which include:

  • Laparoscopic surgery for benign and malignant conditions: A minimally invasive alternative to open surgery that allows us to remove abnormalities via small incisions
  • Transanal endoscopic microsurgery: A minimally invasive procedure in which we use special laparoscopic equipment to remove rectal polyps and early rectal tumors through the anus, thus avoiding painful abdominal incisions. We are one of the few U.S. hospitals offering this leading-edge procedure
  • Total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer: A minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure associated with better survival, lower recurrence and improved sphincter preservation compared with traditional techniques
  • Sphincteroplasty: Repair of a torn sphincter for sphincter preservation or treatment of fecal incontinence. We are one of the few hospitals in New England to offer placement of an artificial bowel (ABS) for patients who cannot have a sphincteroplasty or another treatment for severe fecal incontinence
  • Anal fistula repair: Including traditional fistulotomy (surgical removal of an anal fistula) and less invasive techniques involving anal fistula plugs or the ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) procedure
  • Stricturoplasty: Opening a narrowing in the intestine to treat patients with inflammatory bowel diseases; this procedure is a less invasive alternative to traditional removal of the narrowed portion of the bowel

Contact Us For questions about colorectal surgery or to make an appointment, please call 617-643-5166 (DHC Colorectal Center access coordinator). If your insurance plan requires you to obtain a referral from your primary care physician, please obtain it before making your appointment.

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is malignant cells found in the colon or rectum.

Ostomy Support Group

We welcome patients with a new or existing colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy, and their family and friends, to monthly meetings of the Massachusetts General Hospital Ostomy Support Group.

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Ostomy Support Group

We welcome patients with a new or existing colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy, and their family and friends, to monthly meetings of the Massachusetts General Hospital Ostomy Support Group.

Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery

15 Parkman Street
Wang 460
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-643-7557

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