Small Intestine and Colon Surgery

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Many different disorders of the gastrointestinal tract may require surgery to correct. Fortunately, many of these can be addressed in a minimally invasive fashion. Minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions on the abdomen as well as a special type of camera called a laparoscope to perform the surgery. This type of surgery allows for a quicker return to normal activity, less pain, and a better cosmetic outcome. 

The small intestine (also called the small bowel) is the part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract that follows the stomach and is where much of nutrient digestion and absorption occur. The colon and rectum are part of your large intestine. The main purpose of these organs is to process and pass waste from your body.

Minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions on the abdomen as well as a special type of camera called a laparoscope to perform the surgery.

 ​​​​​​Tumors & Polyps

Several conditions that can affect your GI tract include blockages, tumors, Crohn’s disease, bleeding, diverticulitis, and ulcerative colitis. Certain polyps or tumors of the small or large intestine can be removed by excision of a segment of intestine along with regional lymph nodes. If the polyp or tumor is cancer, the excision and testing of the lymph nodes will allow for planning for further cancer treatments.

Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a condition of the large intestine (colon) in which small pouches form and become inflamed in the wall of the colon. The degree of inflammation and scarring from diverticulitis will determine if minimally invasive surgery is an option. The goal of the surgery for diverticulitis is to prevent future episodes of inflammation, bleeding and/or pain.