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Colorectal Surgery Procedures

Colon Surgery Procedures

Each colorectal disorder is unique and affects everyone differently. If your symptoms are mild, your doctor may suggest over-the-counter or prescription medicines. However, people with severe inflammatory bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis may require surgery to manage their long-term and painful symptoms. These procedures may include partial removal of the intestine (Crohn’s) or total or partial removal of the colon (ulcerative colitis).

Serious hemorrhoidal disorders such as prolapsed rectum may worsen without surgery, but external hemorrhoids usually can be treated at home with medication or dietary changes. If you have internal hemorrhoids, your physician may recommend a procedure to cut off the blood supply to the hemorrhoids. Surgical removal may be done if other treatments don’t work.

Surgical Treatment of Colon Cancer

Laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer may be a consideration for as many as 70 percent of the approximately 100,000 Americans who undergo treatment for colon cancer every year. The physicians of Surgical Associates have performed hundreds of laparoscopic-assisted colon surgeries to patients in northeast Oklahoma. An individual evaluation is necessary to determine if laparoscopic surgery is right for you.

The advantages of laparoscopic colon surgery for patients with colon cancer include:

– Smaller incisions
– Shorter hospitalization
– Reduced disruption of surrounding tissue
– Reduced discomfort
– Reduced need for pain medication postoperatively
– Reduced recovery time
– Less time away from usual activities
– No greater expense than open techniques

Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer

Some rectal operations can be done with instruments placed into the anus, without having to cut through the skin. One of these methods might be used to remove some Stage I rectal cancers that are fairly small and very near to the anus. However, some Stage I and most later-stage cancers may require more extensive procedures, which your physician can discuss with you in detail, if necessary.

Post-surgery side effects will depend on the extent of your rectal operation and your general health before surgery. Most people will have at least some pain after the operation, but this can be controlled with medication. Eating problems usually improve within a few days of surgery.