Services & Specialties

Colorectal Care of Northern Kentucky is a single specialty surgical practice, specializing exclusively in the field of colon and rectal surgery.  CCNK is led by Dean R. Adams, MD, FASCRS, Northern Kentucky’s only Board-Certified colon and rectal specialist.  Our skilled nurses and staff are committed to offering the highest quality of care to our patients and their families.  C.A.R.E. is our Goal!


  • Compassion
  •    Advanced surgical and medical care
  •    Respect and dignity
  • Enhancing quality of life


Colorectal Care of Northern Kentucky offers a wide range state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic services for disease of the colon, rectum, and anus.  These pages detail some of our more exciting services.  However, if you have a question about whether a particular service or treatment is offered, do not hestitate to call our office or schedule a consultation.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Adams has been performing minimally invasive bowel surgery since 1997.  Offering less pain, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery, minimally invasive techniques offer patients new choices when facing major bowel operations. 


Dr. Adams was the first surgeon in the tri-state area to perform laparoscopic-assisted “J” pouch surgery, the first to perform laparoscopic-assisted abdomino-perineal resection for rectal cancer, the first to perform laparoscopic sphincter-preserving rectal cancer surgeyr, and the first to perform a laparoscopic repair of a parastomal hernia.  In fact, most colon and rectal operations can be performed with minimally invasive techniques. 


Some of the other laparoscopic-assisted surgeries that Dr. Adams performs include:

  • Colectomy for diverticulitis

  • Bowel resection for polyps and cancer of the colon and rectum

  • Sphincter-preserving rectal cancer surgery

  • Surgery for Crohn’s disease

  • Surgery for ulcerative colitis including “J” pouch surgery

  • Repair of rectal prolapse


“Hemorrhoids” will affect more than 40%-50% of Americans during their lifetime. However, many of the symptoms attributed to hemorrhoids can be caused by other, non-hemorrhoidal disorders, including anal fissures and fistulas, anal papillae, anal warts, pruritus, and others.  Colorectal surgeons are expects in the correct diagnosis and treatment of anal disorders.


There is good news for those who do suffer from hemorrhoids.  Office-based therapies to shrink internal hemorrhoids, including elastic band ligation and infra-red coagulation, are very effective at relieving bleeding and other symptoms in many cases.  These procedures are usually performed in the office with little or no discomfort, they require no sedation or anesthesia, and most patients can return to work and unrestricted activities immediately after treatment.  Prescription pain medications are usually not required after treatment.  Colorectal Care of Northern Kentucky offers both elastic band ligation and infrared coagulation.


Some hemorrhoids are too large for successful treatment in the office.  There is a new surgical technique called Stapled Hemorrhoidopexy. This procedure offers less post-operative pain and faster recovery than traditional hemorrhoidectomy. Most patients are able to return to full activities within one week of surgery.  Dr. Adams was one of the first surgeons in the tri-state area to offer this new procedure.