SurgOne’s team of Colon and Rectal Surgeons provides complete diagnosis, comprehensive care and surgical management of all colon and rectal conditions. From cancers in the colon and rectum, to inflammatory bowel disease including, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, intestinal blockages, strictures, and colostomy related issues.
Colorectal surgeons are experts in the reconstruction of the colon, rectum, and anus. They offer advanced minimally invasive techniques – laparoscopic, robotic surgery and trans anal endoscopic microsurgery, that can eliminate the need for more invasive and open abdominal surgery. These advanced techniques mean less post-operative pain and quicker return to normal life.
Common Conditions Treated by Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Screening Colonoscopies – The surgeons at SurgOne collectively perform thousands of colonoscopies. Screening colonoscopies are the recommended for men and women every 10 years, starting at age 45 if they a have no risk factors for colon cancer. Colonoscopies are the most effective way to find colon and rectal cancer early. When found early, cancerous polyps can often be removed endoscopically.
Colon, Rectal or Anal Cancer – These conditions often warrant the removal or resection of thar area where the cancer is found. We offer minimally invasive colon resection to remove tumors and masses. Seeing a specially trained Colon & Rectal surgeon often results in preservation of normal bowel function, without the need for a permanent colostomy bag.
Diverticulitis – Often this condition can be managed with dietary modifications and antibiotic therapy. When disease is advanced, minimally invasive surgery may be necessary to remove the affected portion of the colon.
IBD – Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis – Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis are characterized by chronic inflammation that if not properly managed can damage the GI system. Our team offers advanced care and the most advanced options for surgical management for these conditions. They are able to reconstruct the digestive tract with J Pouch surgery and provide colon resections to remove diseased area of the colon to permit normal bowel function. Most often patients do not need a permanent colostomy bag.
Strictures – A stricture is an area of the intestine that has narrowed. Often, it is the result of inflammation that leads to the formation of scar tissue and hence narrowing in the intestine. To restore proper function and alleviate the chance of a blockage, our team can perform a strictureplasty to widen the affected part of the intestine.
Hemorrhoids – This is a common condition that affects about 50% of men and women by the time they are 50. Hemorrhoids are often caused by chronic constipation, diarrhea, or a family history. The veins in the anus and rectal area become enlarged and swollen when there is extra pressure on the veins. Treatment initially consists of lifestyle and dietary modifications, however, if those fail to provide relief there are several procedures available to remove or reduce both internal and external hemorrhoids. Your surgeon will discuss the options with you. SurgOne offers banding, sclerotherapy, and hemorrhoidectomies to relieve the pain of hemorroids.
Fissure & Fistulas – We provide comprehensive diagnosis and non-surgical and surgical care of common anal conditions such as fissures, fistulas, and infection. A variety of minimally invasive procedures are available to treat and repair tears or fistulas including: fistulotomy, sphincterotomy, anal and rectal lift procedures, and laser treatment.
Fecal Incontinence – Our team offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of fecal incontinence and defecation difficulties. Many times, these disorders can be treated with non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy and bulking agents. When surgery is necessary, a sacral nerve stimulator or sphincteroplasty, which is a procedure that is minimally invasive and can tighten and strengthen the sphincter muscle, can help restore continence. If the incontinence is due to rectal prolapse, your surgeon may recommend a rectopexy.
Colostomy – A colostomy is a surgical procedure that re-routs the waste from the colon through the abdominal wall and into a bag. Sometimes a colostomy is necessary for a short period of time while the body heals from surgical procedures for injury, obstruction or fistulas. Other times, the colon may need to be permanently bypassed for medical reasons such as cancer or incurable fecal incontinence.
Recovering from Colorectal surgery
While many colorectal procedures are able to be performed as a same-day surgery, hospitalization is necessary for patients who undergo a colon resection. Individuals will usually have a short hospital stay and be cared for until they have regained bowel function. From there, the recovery process will continue at home. Minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopic and robotic surgeries have less blood loss, smaller incisions, less pain and allow for a quicker recovery.
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