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 Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, and throughout Northern California. 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.
What are the benefits of colon surgery?
The benefits of colon surgery depend on what the surgery is targeting. For example, if you have colon strictures, a colon surgery can benefit by opening the colon to allow for bowel movements. Colon surgery can also help remove any cancerous tumors, assist in providing relief from troubling symptoms, and prevent the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.
Robotic colon surgery is a more accurate method that allows for precise incisions. These incisions allow our surgeons to reach into smaller, tight spaces when needed. Robotic colon surgery also enables faster healing times, as the incisions are generally smaller and more precise. Typically, it will take around 2 – 3 weeks to heal after robotic colon surgery. When compared to traditional open surgery, it can take around 4 – 6 weeks. For more information on why robotic colon surgery may be the right option for you, contact our team. We will work with you and go over your options.
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 for Sacramento patients 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.
"I found everyone at this office to be great from scheduling, to check out to helping me with getting all my records to the office and answering all my questions before my appointment. I LOVED Dr. David Skeehan! He is a very sharp doctor, great personality, listens and gave me some answers to try to help me get further testing so he could figure out what direction we head in after. I wish everyone doctor was like him! If I have to have surgery (which I’ve had 10 so far) I would not hesitate to have him do it."- M.M. / Yelp / Aug 04, 2022
"great caring people, on time appointments, strongly recommended"- J.M. / Google / Jul 22, 2022
"I have had the most wonderful experience with Sierra Pacific Surgical. Dr. Robertson and his partners are skilled and experienced general surgeons. Their staff is responsive, thorough and professional. Most recently, Dr. Robertson repaired an inguinal hernia for me at Mercy Hospital of Folsom. The repair was done via minimally invasive, robotic-assisted laparoscopy and I couldn't be more pleased. I have three small incisions in my abdomen and experienced no pain, just discomfort and soreness (as to be expected). I highly recommend Sierra Pacific Surgical for any of your general surgery needs; they're wonderful!"- K.B. / Google / Jul 21, 2022
"Saw Doctor Jay Robertson for a hernia repair and gallbladder removal. Dr. Robertson went one step further and had a CT scan done in addition to the ultrasound my GP scheduled. The CT scan gave so much more information. He was very informative going into surgery and made the whole procedure much more bearable."- K.L. / Yelp / Jul 20, 2022
"I have had the most wonderful experience with Sierra Pacific Surgical. Dr. Robertson and his partners are skilled and experienced general surgeons. Their staff is responsive, thorough and professional. Most recently, Dr. Robertson repaired an inguinal hernia for me at Mercy Hospital of Folsom. The repair was done via minimally invasive, robotic-assisted laparoscopy and I couldn’t be more pleased. I have three small incisions in my abdomen and experienced no pain, just discomfort and soreness (as to be expected). I highly recommend Sierra Pacific Surgical for any of your general surgery needs; they’re wonderful!"- K.B. / Yelp / Jul 20, 2022
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 surgical team is passionate about providing individualized care to improve patient health and wellness. Contact our Folsom or Roseville general surgery practice today to schedule a consultation or to learn more about receiving colon surgery in Sacramento, CA.
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