Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder caused by changes in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Children with IBD may have symptoms that include discomfort, cramping, diarrhea, constipation and changes in bowel habits. IBD is a disorder that has both physical and mental causes. Treatment begins with a proper diagnosis, and the Pediatric Surgery team at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California carefully evaluates each patient to develop an individual treatment plan, which may include medications, dietary changes, yoga and exercise therapy.

Medical Team

Diana Farmer, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon in Chief

Shinjiro (Shin) Hirose, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Surgery

Payam Saadai, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon

Erin G. Brown, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon

Jessica Sutton, RN
Case Manager

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Bowel Management Program

Our Bowel Management Program is a one-week outpatient program for children who are unable to anticipate or control their bowel activity. After children participate in this intensive program, many of them are in normal underwear by the end of the week! By maintaining bowel management after the program ends, these patients can avoid bowel accidents, bed-wetting  permanent colostomy and dependence on diapers. The improvement in self-esteem and quality of life is often remarkable. This program is designed primarily for children age three-years-old and up.

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Hirschsprung Disease

Hirschsprung Disease

Care for Hirschsprung disease requires expertise to diagnose the condition, perform delicate surgery and keep your child healthy for life. Each child’s case is unique. Our pediatric team will partner closely with you to develop the best treatment plan for your child.

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Idiopathic Constipation

Idiopathic Constipation

In our Pediatric Colorectal Center (PCC), children with chronic idiopathic constipation receive comprehensive care from a team of physicians that includes gastrointestinal specialists, urologists and colorectal surgeons, as well as nurses, dietitians and others.

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Fecal Incontinence

The goal of our Pediatric Colorectal Center (PCC)  is to provide children with anal-rectal disorders advanced care and rehabilitation that frees them from social stigma and allows them to live and play like other children

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Anorectal Malformations

Imperforate Anus

The goal of our Pediatric Colorectal Center is to provide children with anal-rectal disorders advanced care and rehabilitation that frees them from social stigma and allows them to live and play like other children.

Anorectal Malformations

Shriners Hospitals for Children—Northern California treats children each year with a wide range of malformations. We see patients from newborns, who need urgent surgery, to young adults who need long-term follow-up. Our team has extensive experience and can provide all aspects of your child’s care in one place. We also provide second opinions.

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Cloacal Malformations

The goal of Pediatric Colorectal Center (PCC) is to provide children with anal-rectal disorders advanced care and rehabilitation that frees them from social stigma and allows them to live and play like other children.

A cloaca is a malformation in females where the rectum, vagina, and urinary tract are fused together, creating a single common channel. In normal anatomy, these openings are separate. Cloacas affect one of every 20,000 to 25,000 newborn girls. They are most often diagnosed just after the baby is born, but occasionally there are clues on the prenatal ultra sound.