Rich, heavy foods that can aggravate digestive issues. If you struggle with chronic constipation or other colon troubles it may be time to explore advanced treatment options. This month, Valley Surgical RGV spotlights new minimally invasive colon incision techniques tailored to improve quality of life. Our board-certified surgeons are highly experienced in laparoscopic and robotic surgeries to address colon health. Using the latest technology, we provide personalized solutions for conditions ranging from diverticulitis to inflammatory bowel disease. Discover how innovative procedures like robotic colon resection make recovery faster and less painful for our patients.
Minimally Invasive Techniques
Laparoscopic and robotic colon incision are minimally invasive techniques that require only small incisions. During laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon operates through a few small cuts using long, thin instruments and a tiny camera. Robotic incision uses similar tiny incisions, with the surgeon controlling robotic arms equipped with micro-instruments. Both methods result in less pain, lower risk of infection, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery compared to open incision.
Minimally invasive techniques offer clear advantages for colon incision patients. There is less blood loss and reduced scarring with smaller incisions. Recovery is much quicker, allowing patients to return to normal activities sooner. The tiny camera gives surgeons an illuminated, magnified view for a precise incision. Patients can feel confident knowing these state-of-the-art techniques provide excellent outcomes.
Diverticulitis causes small pouches called diverticula to become inflamed or infected in the colon wall. This painful condition often requires incision when antibiotics fail to resolve recurring attacks. The inflamed section of the colon may be removed through laparoscopic colon resection followed by reconnection of the healthy sections of the colon.
Colon resection incision to treat ongoing diverticulitis has very high success rates. Removing the damaged portion of the colon prevents further infection and inflammation. The minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure results in less pain, lower risk of complications, and faster return to regular activity. Patients can enjoy life again without worrying about diverticulitis attacks after a short recovery period.
Bowel Resection for Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease that often impacts the end of the small intestine and the colon. While medication can induce remission, a bowel incision to remove the inflamed colon section may be required for symptom relief. Robotic bowel resection enables exact, minimally invasive removal of the damaged portion of the colon. The enhanced vision and control provided by the robotic surgical system lead to optimal patient outcomes. After successful colon resection for Crohn’s disease, patients find their quality of life greatly restored once painful symptoms are relieved through expert surgery.
Rectal Prolapse Repair
Rectal prolapse involves the rectum slipping and protruding from the anus, causing pain and bowel movement difficulties. After non-surgical options fail, rectal prolapse can be permanently corrected through minimally invasive incision to remove the prolapsed tissue and secure the rectum back in place. The latest advances allow rectal prolapse repair through small laparoscopic incisions. Our skilled surgeons have high success rates for this procedure, with most patients achieving full relief of symptoms after a short recovery. The minimally invasive approach reduces hassles from pain, scarring, and lengthy healing. Patients can focus on feeling their best again after prolapse tissue removal.
Uncomfortable, painful hemorrhoids affect nearly 5% of the U.S. population. While non-surgical treatment is preferred initially, hemorrhoid incision may be recommended for severe, recurring cases. Excisional hemorrhoidectomy removes the swollen hemorrhoid tissue and can provide lasting relief when more conservative measures fail.
Our surgeons adeptly perform hemorrhoid removal under general anesthesia right in our surgery center. The latest techniques allow excisional hemorrhoidectomy to be done as an outpatient procedure with faster recovery than traditional incisions. Patients appreciate the minimal downtime and greatly reduced incidence of bleeding and complications. Life soon returns to normal once the troublesome hemorrhoids are excised.
Colon Cancer Screening
Colonoscopy allows examination of the full lining of the colon for detection of abnormalities like polyps or colorectal cancer. Screening colonoscopies are recommended at age 45 or earlier for high-risk groups. During the procedure, physicians can pass instruments through the colonoscope to biopsy or remove suspicious growths.
Our board-certified gastroenterologists thoroughly examine the colon during screening colonoscopies, searching for any sign of cancer or polyps. Catching potential problems early allows polyps to be removed before they turn cancerous. Getting a screening colonoscopy is one of the best preventative and early detection measures against colorectal cancer.
Innovations in Bowel Preparation
Prior to colonoscopy, the bowel must be thoroughly emptied by taking strong laxatives, an unpleasant process patients dread. However, new low-volume bowel prep solutions significantly reduce the liquid volume needing to be consumed. Tablet prep options are also easier to swallow and show equal effectiveness to traditional options.
Advancements like low-volume bowel prep solutions help patients better tolerate this critical part of colonoscopy preparation. More pleasant, lower-volume options increase willingness to get screened or have polyp surveillance colonoscopies. Patients appreciate procedures made as comfortable as possible through innovations allowing adequate prep with less liquid to drink.
Reducing the Risk of Infection
According to McAllen, infection risk is a top concern for colon surgery centered around a non-sterile part of the body. Robotic surgery’s small incisions lower associated infection risk over open procedures. Shortened hospital stays from minimally invasive incisions also reduce vulnerability to hospital-acquired infections. Implementing tight sterile protocols during incisions helps safeguard patients.
At our state-certified facility in Texas, we strictly adhere to evidence-based protocols to reduce infections in colon incisions. Our low rates of surgical site infections indicate success in keeping patients safe from this unwanted potential complication through rigorous standards. Contact us to learn more about colon surgery and treatment for various colon-related conditions.