On Jan. 6, the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery opened its new space on the 11th floor of the Professional Building.
"It's more inviting for patients and gives us new capabilities in terms of what we can do on an outpatient basis," says section director Bruce Orkin, MD.
The fully accessible space encompasses 4,900 square feet of academic offices and clinical facilities. Those facilities include five exam rooms; one large procedure room that can double as an exam room; and a conference center equipped with secure videoconferencing technology that will enable continuing medical education programs and meetings among physicians at different sites.
Thanks to the procedure room, surgeons can now perform on an outpatient basis several procedures they used to perform in the hospital, including the following:
- Endorectal ultrasounds
- High-resolution anoscopies for dysplasia of the anus and perianal area
- Small fistulotomies
The procedure room also houses an ostomy clinic run by an advanced nurse practitioner. On Monday afternoons, the clinic offers appointments for ileostomy, urostomy and colostomy patients, regardless of whether they have previously seen a colon and rectal surgeon at Rush. Services include preoperative education, siting of the ostomy and follow-up care.
To refer a patient to the ostomy clinic or to a colon and rectal surgeon at Rush, call (312) 942-5500.
Rush Physician January/February 2014