Families seeking care for colorectal and gastrointestinal (GI) conditions come to Shriners Children’s.
Shriners Children's provides innovative and compassionate care for children with bowel disorders or those experiencing problems with their digestive systems. Trouble with bowel control can lead to struggles at home, in school, in friendships, and with emotions, behavior and mental health. Many children can be more active, social, happy and independent if they have a plan for bowel management, with colorectal and gastrointestinal care that works specifically for them.
We bring specialists together to evaluate, diagnose and solve colorectal health issues, from bowel management and motility problems to complex conditions such as Hirschsprung disease, inflammatory bowel disease and anorectal malformations. We offer long-term care for patients with conditions that they may have been born with, as well as conditions that develop over time. Our ultimate goal is to help children heal, allowing them to enjoy life with the fewest limitations possible.
Our noted team of pediatric surgeons understands the physical and emotional impacts of colon and rectal diseases. They lead a multidisciplinary team of professionals who manage the entire range of care for patients of all ages. Whether it be complex surgery, medical management or social support, our team addresses the individual needs of each child.
When your child is seen in Shriners Children's for a colorectal or gastrointestinal condition, they receive the benefit of collaboration and care planning between social workers, care managers, child life specialists, nurses, dietitians and physicians. Teams run weekly meetings discussing all upcoming patients to make sure that each child receives the input of each of our team members.
In all cases, the goal is to care for the child’s overall health and well-being, proving medical treatment while also setting patients on a path to independence by freeing them from the social stigmas that may leave them feeling ashamed, depressed and alone.
The key to success is dedication, timing and teamwork among the patient, families and medical team. We tailor each child’s care plan to their specific needs to provide the best possible outcome.
About Our Pediatric Colorectal & GI Specialists
Our pediatric specialists on the colorectal and gastrointestinal team care for many patients with colorectal health issues and rare colorectal conditions. They also participate in key consortiums and learning groups, and they contribute to research studies. Through collaboration with experts at other institutions, our staff has developed a greater understanding of conditions and innovative treatments, all to improve outcomes for children with colorectal disorders.
Our colorectal and gastrointestinal care teams are active members of the Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Learning Consortium (PCPLC), an international group dedicated to furthering research on anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung disease, and other colorectal and pelvic disorders.
Distinguished Colorectal & Gastrointestinal (GI) Care Center in California
The colorectal and gastrointestinal care center located at Shriner's Children's Northern California is designated by California Children’s Services (CCS) as a Special Care Center. It is the only CCS Special Care Center for pediatric colorectal and gastrointestinal care in California. Families throughout the nation travel to Sacramento for comprehensive, compassionate care.
Learn more below about the colorectal and gastrointestinal conditions we treat and our commitment to the overall well-being of your child.
Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.
Matthew is doing so much better emotionally and mentally. He’s now this confident kid, willing to share his medical journey with others who might benefit from his story. I credit the Shriners Children's team, the Shriners family, for giving him that confidence.
Colorectal & Gastrointestinal (GI) Conditions Treated at Shriners Children’s
- Anorectal malformations
- Bladder extrophy
- Caudal regression syndrome
- Crohns Disease
- Chronic constipation
- Cloaca/cloacal anomaly
- Cloacal extrophy
- Complex Rectal Disorders
- Familial Polyposis
- Fecal incontinence
- Hirschprung Disease
- Idiopathic constipation
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Neurogenic bladder
- Neurogenic bowel
- Rectal prolapse
- Rectal trauma
- Short-Bowel Syndrome
- Ulcerative Colitis
Understanding your Child's Colorectal & Gastrointestinal (GI) Appointment(s)
On the first visit, parents and children typically come for a group overview and educational presentation about bowel management. Our doctors and nurses explain the medicines, enemas and diets we use as treatment options. Each family has a one-on-one clinic visit to make a plan for their child. If referred to our hospital, you and your child likely will skip the group meeting and go directly to the one-on-one visit to build an individualized plan of care.
Sometimes, when deemed appropriate, your child may be requested to have bowel X-ray(s). This helps us with diagnoses and to see whether your child’s plan is working. A nurse will talk with you either in person or by phone to discuss your child’s results.
Our goal is for your child to empty their bowel daily with no accidents and to live with as few limitations as possible. Success depends on your child’s condition and following their plan closely.
How We Support Your Child’s Total Health and Well-Being
Families and patients say that Shriners Children’s feels like home to them, and it's no wonder to us. We know that a child's needs go beyond the physical. Our care teams support their social, emotional and developmental health with patient programs and activities.
A few examples include:
- Child life enrichment
- Creative arts
- Live entertainment
- Music therapy
- On-site public schooling
- Pet therapy
- School and community re-entry program
- Specialty camps
- Therapeutic recreation
Not all programs are available at every location. Contact your child’s care manager or any member of your child’s care team to learn more.