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Division of
Gastrointestinal Surgery
Ostomy Dysfunction
Dr. Allen Bar
Dr. Bar
Dr. Matt Kirkland
Dr. Kirkland
Gary Korus
Dr. Korus
Jon Morris
J. Morris
Steven Raper
Dr. Raper
Alan Schuricht
Dr. Schuricht
David Wernsing
Dr. Wernsing

For some, the presence of an ileostomy or colostomy is a short-term necessity, for others, a permanent fact of life. Either way, the stoma must function correctly to avoid the problems of skin breakdown and bowel obstruction. There are several conditions that prevent optimal stomal function: retraction, stenosis, and herniation. These conditions can cause inability to fit an appliance, or inability to evacuate fecal material. From simple to complex, the necessary operations must be performed with exceptional judgment and skill. Surgeons of the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery have special expertise in correcting the problems that can plague the stoma wearer.

Inpatient Facilities:
Hospital University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC)
Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH)

Office Visit Locations:
Perelman Center - West Pavilion, 4th Floor (HUP)
266 Wright-Saunders Building (PPMC)
700 Spruce Street - Garfield Duncan Building (PAH)

Making an Office Visit Appointment:
215-662-2626 or 800-789-PENN

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