What Is Colon Surgery?
As a major component of the digestive tract, the colon (large intestine) plays a critical role in processing nutrients from food and ridding the body of waste. A number of conditions can affect intestinal health and may require surgical care. The experienced general surgeons at Sierra Pacific Surgical are a trusted source for minimally invasive colon surgery in the Folsom, Roseville, and Sacramento, CA areas. Colon surgery may be needed to treat and manage a variety of intestinal diseases and concerns, including colon strictures, diverticular disease (diverticulosis or diverticulitis), and the removal of large polyps in the colon. If you are in need of a skilled general surgeon to improve your colon health, please contact our team today to set up a treatment consultation.
When Is Colon Surgery Performed?
We take a minimally invasive approach to colon surgery whenever possible and utilize the da Vinci surgical system to perform robotic surgical procedures. Our surgeons at Sierra Pacific Surgical routinely provide colon surgery to treat several types of conditions affecting the large intestine, including:
- Diverticulosis and diverticulitis: Diverticulosis occurs when the inner wall of the large intestine bulges out through the outer intestinal lining, creating sac-like structures. Diverticulitis describes an inflammatory condition where one or more of these sacs becomes inflamed or infected. When these conditions become severe or life-threatening, colon surgery (colectomy) may be needed to remove the affected portion of the large intestines.
- Colon strictures: A stricture is the narrowing of the intestinal tract due to chronic inflammation, scar tissue, or other factors. Intestinal strictures can make it harder for food to move through the digestive tract and can even cause a blockage in the colon. Surgery may be performed to open up the narrowed area (strictureplasty) or remove the affected portion of the intestine (resection).
- Colon polyp removal: Polyps (precancerous growths in the colon) that are too big to be taken out during a colonoscopy may require surgical removal.
What Can I Expect With Colon Surgery?
When a robotic colon surgical approach can be taken, our team will conduct the procedure through small incisions made within the abdomen. A laparoscope (a long tube with a video camera) will be inserted through one of the openings to transmit a magnified live video feed to a computer console. Carbon dioxide is then administered to inflate the abdomen and push nearby tissues and organs away from the treatment area. Our surgeons will utilize highly specialized surgical instruments to complete the colon surgery and close the incisions with sutures or other means. In some cases, such as when a minimally invasive approach does not provide adequate access to surgical needs, open colon surgery may be required.
"Had gallbladder surgery about 10 days ago that was highly successful. Dr. Chen has a most calming demeanor that exudes confidence. He constantly asked if I had any questions and was always a good listener. I am very pleased that he was my surgeon and I highly recommend him."- R. / Healthgrades / May 31, 2020
"My husband recently developed an intestinal perforation, it was a complicated case with several additional challenges. Dr. Chen was his surgeon, and our experience with his care was phenomenal. Dr. Chen answered every question, visited my husband's hospital room daily, and provided all-around excellent care. My husband's recovery from surgery has been excellent, we have Dr. Chen to thank for such a great outcome."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 24, 2020
"SIERRA PACIFIC SURGICAL DR. DAVID M. SKEEHAN, DO SURGICAL REVIEW In today’s world, one often is not treated with care and commitment when receiving medical attention. Fortunately, I am not one of those individuals. In fact, I was so pleasantly satisfied with my recent surgical procedure (3 hernias) that I want to share this extraordinary experience with others and to refer and reward the surgeon and staff for their commitment, experience and expertise. Back in late June, I was referred to Dr. "- S.L. / Healthgrades / Oct 22, 2018
"l.meador - dr. skeehan is very patient and understanding.."- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 18, 2018
"Five Stars - Graet surgeon Very thorough and efficient!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 19, 2018
Colon Surgery FAQ
How long can it take to recover from colon surgery?
Recovery from colon surgery can take around a month. However, you can start to feel better in about a week or two after surgery. It may take some time to experience regular bowel movements, and you should contact our facility if you experience any abnormalities.
Do I need to avoid certain foods following colon surgery?
Following colon surgery, you may need to avoid high fiber foods, including some fruits and vegetables. Our team at Sierra Pacific Surgical will provide the necessary aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing. It is crucial to stick to the ideal diet to make sure you experience successful results from surgery.
Will I need to attend follow-up appointments after colon surgery?
After your colon surgery, you will need to attend follow-up appointments in order to make sure you are healing properly. Our team will evaluate your progress and make any necessary changes to your treatment plan. We will also provide any care instructions required for a full recovery.
Expert Care for Colon Conditions
Find the experienced surgical solutions needed for diverticulitis, large polyps, and other colon conditions. From pre-operative visits to post-treatment recovery, our skilled Northern California surgical team is passionate about providing individualized care to improve patient health and wellness. Contact our Folsom or Roseville, CA general surgery practice today to schedule a consultation or to learn more about colon surgery procedures.