Behavorial Health Test

Rectal and Anal Surgery

Anal and rectal problems may be embarrassing to talk about, but if you are experiencing pain or bleeding it’s important to tell your doctor. Gundersen Lutheran has specialists trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the anus and rectum.

The rectum is in the lower section of the large intestine and stores stool. The anus is the opening that releases the stool from the rectum. Anal and rectal problems such as hemorrhoids, abscesses, incontinence and cancer are common.

Treatment for these conditions can vary. Some procedures, such as internal hemorrhoid banding, do not require surgery. The most common anal and rectal surgeries at Gundersen Lutheran include:

  • Inside and outside hemorrhoids 
  • Anal fissure
  • Removal of rectal polyps that cannot be removed during colonoscopy
  • Opening abscesses (pockets of infection)
  • Removal of diseased area for pilonidal disease
  • Control of bleeding

For patients that have very low rectal cancer, surgery called an abdominal perineal resection can be performed to remove the cancer and the entire rectum. This requires the placement of an ostomy or opening where stool is drained into a bag that is attached to the abdominal wall. 

Some anal and rectal problems can be prevented. Avoid constipation by gradually adding more fiber to your diet and drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Also, keep the anal area clean and dry. Be gentle when cleaning or wiping after a bowel movement.

For more information about anal and rectal problems, talk with your primary care provider or call Gundersen Lutheran Surgery at (608) 775-2331.

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Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics
Call (608) 375-6266 (608) 375-6266
  205 Parker St.
  Boscobel, WI 53805
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Boscobel General Surgeons

Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics Hillsboro
Call (608) 489-8280 (608) 489-8280
  400 Water Ave.
  Hillsboro, WI 54634
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Hillsboro General Surgeons

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center - La Crosse Clinic
Call (608) 775-2331 or (608) 775-2331 or
  (800) 362-9567, ext. 52331 (800) 362-9567, ext. 52331
  1900 South Avenue
  La Crosse, WI 54601
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Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic
Call (608) 326-6466 (608) 326-6466
  610 East Taylor St.
  Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
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Prairie du Chien General Surgeons

Surgeries Performed in Prairie du Chien

Colon Resections
Hernia repair
Gall bladder surgery
Gundersen Tomah Clinic
Call (608) 372-4111 (608) 372-4111
  1330 North Superior Ave.
  Tomah, WI 54660
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Tomah General Surgeons

Surgeries Performed in Tomah

Colon resections
Hernia repair
Gall bladder surgery
Upper GI
Carpal tunnel release
Wound care
Gundersen Viroqua Clinic
Call (608) 637-4081 (608) 637-4081
  407 South Main St.
  Viroqua, WI 54665
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Viroqua General Surgeons

Surgeries Performed in Viroqua

Colon Resections
Hernia repair
Gall bladder surgery
Breast Surgery
GERD Surgery
Minor Procedures
Tubal Ligations
Emergency Surgery
Gundersen Waukon Clinic
Call (563) 568-3000 (563) 568-3000
  120 2nd Ave. SE
  Waukon, IA 52172
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Waukon General Surgeons

Gundersen Decorah Clinic
Call (563) 382-3140 (563) 382-3140
  1830 State Hwy. 9
  Decorah, IA 52101
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Decorah General Surgeons

Surgeries Performed in Decorah

Colon Resections
Hernia repair
Gall bladder surgery
Palmer Lutheran Health Center
Call (563) 422-3817 (563) 422-3817
  112 Jefferson St.
  West Union, IA 52175
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West Union General Surgeons

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