With complex colon and rectal disorders, reoperative surgery is sometimes necessary. Reoperative surgery is a repeat operation for the same condition if the disease advances or recurs, or as follow-up to a previous surgery.
At Weill Cornell Medicine, our team of colon and rectal surgeons are specialists in reoperative surgery and often perform complex operations. Our goal with reoperative surgeries is to maximize your health outcomes and minimize complications in these challenging cases.
Convenient, individualized care: As a patient, you will receive personalized care that is comprehensive and compassionate. We are sensitive to your needs, and create a supportive, comfortable environment while being able to offer highly specialized care.
Multidisciplinary care from leading experts: Reoperative surgeries require comprehensive, collaborative care from both medicine and surgery. This unique multidisciplinary approach coordinates complex care, providing you with focused support — before, during and after your surgery.
When you choose Weill Cornell Medicine, you have access to specialists in gastroenterology and hepatology, colon and rectal surgery, radiology, laboratory medicine and pathology, and rheumatology, as well as skin and wound care and nutrition.
In addition, Weill Cornell Medicine partners with NewYork-Presbyterian — one of the top hospital systems in New York City and the U.S.
Our team of colon and rectal surgeons are specialists in reoperative surgery and often perform complex operations. We also aim to perform most surgeries as minimally invasive as possible.
At Weill Cornell Medicine, we offer the most advanced and comprehensive reoperative surgical treatments, including:
● Enterocutaneous Fistula (ECF) Repair: Most ECFs occur after bowel surgery, but may also be caused by inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. An ECF is an abnormal connection between the small or large bowel and the skin.
● Colocutaneous Fistula Repair: A colocutaneous fistula is an abnormal passage between the colon and the skin. It is a very rare complication of diverticulitis. Learn more about surgical treatment for fistulas.
● Ostomy/Stoma Reversal: A stoma reversal is surgery to connect your bowel together after a colostomy or ileostomy (also called ostomies). A stoma reversal can be done if there is a large enough section of healthy bowel left to be rejoined.
● Ostomy/Stoma Revisions: Stoma complications are common. Most do not require reoperation. If it does require operation, when surgery is indicated, numerous options are available.
At Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, we do everything we can to support our patients and their loved ones before, during and after treatment. Learn more about what to expect during your stay.
Whether you visit us virtually through a video visit or you see us in person, you can be assured that we will deliver the highest standards of care with compassion. Our team has taken every step to keep our facilities safe for you to continue your care. Learn more about our safety measures and the changes we’ve made to enhance your patient experience.
If you would like a remote second opinion, we can connect you directly with expert physicians and specialists at the Weill Cornell Medicine Colon and Rectal Surgery Division. They will review your situation, answer your questions and provide you with information you can share with your primary care physician. Learn more at WCM OnDemand Second Opinion.
The physicians at the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Colon and Rectal Surgeons offer patients the highest level of safety and care. As a top-ranked academic medical center, you have access to our extensive network of specialists who provide seamless care throughout your treatment — to promote long-term physical and mental health.