The operations took place as part of “Colorectal Week” led by Dr. Inbal Samuk and with the participation of Dr. Mark Levitt, world-renowned surgeon from Washington Children’s Hospital

“Colorectal Week” took place at Schneider Children’s under the aegis of the Pediatric Surgery Department headed by Dr. Dragan Kravarusic, and led by Dr. Inbal Samuk, Director of the Colorectal Center.

Complex colorectal operations were performed during the week in infants and children who were referred to Schneider Children’s from all over the country following problems that arose after their first surgery. In addition, rehabilitative surgeries of the lower digestive and urogenital systems were conducted. Dr. Levitt was invited specially to participate in the operations together with Dr. Samuk.

During the week, a conference was held for parents of children with colorectal disorders where topics were raised connected to long-term quality of life for children with congenital disorders of the digestive system.

Dr. Samuk noted that “the Colorectal Center at Schneider Children’s treats infants, children and adolescents from all over the country. They suffer from congenital disorders or diseases of the bowel and anus and inability to pass stools. Treatment is tailor-made for children based upon their condition, treatment history, imaging tests and cooperation with various specialists as part of the multidisciplinary approach.

“During the Week, we performed several complex operations together with Dr. Levitt, who we were happy to host at our hospital. We were also able to offer parents coping tools for the challenges they face at the parents’ conference.”