Colon Surgery

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Rockwall Surgical Specialists

General Surgery & Bariatric Surgery located in Rowlett, TX & Rockwall, TX

Colon surgery is often the first line of treatment for diseases such as diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, and colon cancer. The team of surgeons at Rockwall Surgical Specialists are experts in minimally invasive laparoscopic colon surgery, which causes less postoperative pain, produces minimal scarring, and helps you recover more quickly. If you need information about colon surgery, call one of their offices in Rowlett, Rockwall, Greenville, and Forney, Texas, or book a consultation online today.

Colon Surgery Q & A

What conditions require colon surgery?

You can develop a variety of colon or large intestine problems that may require surgery. In some cases, your doctor will first recommend conservative measures such as medication and lifestyle changes, and only considers surgery if your symptoms persist.

Surgical intervention is often the first treatment method, however, for conditions such as:

  • Colon polyps
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Stricture or narrowing
  • Twisted colon
  • Colon cancer

What is a colectomy?

If you have an intestinal blockage, it may be safely opened without removing part of the colon. In many cases though, patients need a colectomy, which is surgery to remove part or all of your colon.

During a colectomy, your surgeon removes the damaged or diseased part of the colon, then reconnects the ends to allow optimal colon function.

How your surgeon reconnects your colon depends on the amount of colon removed. Your procedure may involve one of the following:

  • Anastomosis: reconnects the two portions of your colon
  • Colostomy: your intestine is connected to an opening in your abdomen (colostomy)
  • Ileoanal anastomosis: connects your small intestine to the anus

What is laparoscopic colon surgery?

The surgeons at Rockwall Surgical Specialists have extensive experience performing laparoscopic colon surgery. Although some patients aren’t good candidates for laparoscopic surgery, it’s used whenever possible because it’s minimally invasive.

During laparoscopic surgery, your surgeon only needs to make a few very small incisions. They insert the laparoscope, a high-definition camera in a long, narrow tube, through one incision to provide a magnified view of the surgical area. Then your surgeon uses specialized tools contained in tubes and inserted through the other incisions to complete your surgery.

What are the benefits of laparoscopic colon surgery?

Surgery that uses several small incisions rather than the one long incision offers several benefits because it causes less trauma. The advantages of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Shorter time in the hospital
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activity
  • May promote faster return of bowel function and ability to eat solid food
  • Minimal scarring

 

If you need colon surgery, call Rockwall Surgical Specialists or book a consultation online to see if you’re a candidate for laparoscopic surgery.

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