Colon and Rectal Surgery

Physiological and Functional Colon and Rectal Disorders

Some of the most common functional and physiological disorders that the doctors in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Tufts Medical Center treat are listed below. To learn more about any of the treatment options below, please call us at 617-636-6190


Constipation, or infrequent bowel movements, is a very common digestive problem. To treat constipation, our physicians often recommend a Bowel Management Program. Learn more about the Bowel Management Program at Tufts Medical Center.

By following this program and making simple changes to their diet, 95% of people will improve. If the problem continues, our physicians may recommend alternative treatments based on whether you have dysmotility or a pelvic outlet obstruction.

Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence is a debilitating condition that can impact every part of your life. Although fecal incontinence is embarrassing, it is also often treatable and controllable.

Our physicians often recommend a Bowel Management Program, stimulated defecation, biofeedback or surgery. Learn more about Fecal Incontinence treatment options at Tufts Medical Center.

Rectal Prolapse

Rectal prolapse occurs when the tissue lining the rectum falls out of place and protrudes through the anus. Although medical treatment can help decrease stress on the area, surgical repair is the only solution that can fully eliminate the problem.

The surgeons at Tufts Medical Center uses either transabdominal (through the front of the abdomen) or perineal (from the bottom) surgical techniques to repair rectal prolapse. Learn more about rLearn more about rectal prolapse treatment options.

Functional Anorectal Pain

Pain in the anus or rectum is very common. Usually this pain is caused by anorectal disease, prostatitis, cystitis or cancer. When no clear cause for the persistent pain is found, you may be diagnosed with functional anorectal pain.

To treat this pain, our physicians may provide you with medications, recommend warm baths or suggest using Physical Therapy. Learn more about how we treat functional anorectal pain.

Diverticular Disease

Diverticular disease (or diverticulitis) develops when small pouches in the intestines become inflamed. If you are diagnosed with diverticulitis, our physicians may prescribe you with antibiotics and medicine to relieve cramping and pain. We may also ask you to change your diet. If these medications and lifestyle changes don’t help to ease your symptoms or if you have complications, we may recommend surgery that would remove part of your colon.

Lilian  Chen, MD

Lilian Chen, MD

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Title(s): Colon and Rectal Surgeon; Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program; Associate Director of Surgical Education; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6190
Fax #: 617-636-6110

Minimally invasive and robotic colorectal surgery, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, anorectal disease, rectal prolapse and sacral nerve stimulator for fecal incontinence

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Martin D. Goodman, MD

Martin D. Goodman, MD

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Title(s): Director, Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program; Surgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-9248
Fax #: 617-636-9095

General surgery, advanced abdominal tumors, peritoneal surface malignancies, hepatobiliary/pancreatic/colorectal minimally invasive surgical oncology

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