Comprehensive GI & Digestive Health Services
GI & Digestive Health Services
We provide the latest in Colorectal Surgery Laparoscopic Surgery, also called Minimally Invasive Surgery. These procedures use a special fiber optic camera, called a laparoscope, to visualize the interior of the abdominal cavity. Rather than making one large incision, as is done in traditional surgeries, several tiny (5-10mm) incisions are made through which the laparoscope and several small, specially designed surgical instruments are inserted. This technique allows our surgeons to perform the surgery using precise, detailed images from inside the abdomen which are projected onto a screen. Minimally invasive Colon and Rectal surgery is not only less invasive than traditional surgery, it has been shown to have better outcomes, less pain, less time in the hospital, and is just as good, if not better for colon cancer patients.
Why Choose Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery offers the following advantages when compared to traditional surgical methods:
- Less post-surgical pain
- Less pain medication required
- Shorter hospital stays
- Quicker recovery times
- Fewer small bowel blockages
- Decreased wound infections
- Improved cosmetic results
Conditions Treated with Laparoscopic Surgery:
- Anal, Colon and Rectal Cancer
- Diverticular Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn’s Disease)
- Ostomy (Creation of Colostomy or Ileostomy, as well as reversal procedures)
- Polyps of the Colon and Rectum
- Rectal Prolapse
Other minimally-invasive techniques are used to treat the following
- Anal Fissure
- Anal Warts
- Anorectal Abscess
- Bowel Incontinence
- Fecal Incontinence
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
- Peritus Ani
- Pilonidal Disease
The Colon and Rectal Program at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is staffed with board-certified colorectal surgeons, both male and female, who are experts in the use of endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures, and other minimally-invasive techniques to treat colon and rectal disorders.
Colonoscopy is a procedure used to view inside the colon and rectum to detect abnormalities, such as polyps, inflamed tissue and ulcers as well as cancers. Colonoscopy allows physicians to identify early signs of colorectal cancer and can help diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus, and even weight loss.
Problems with your colon, rectum, and anus can cause immense discomfort, and discussing this problem with your doctor can be an even more uncomfortable experience. However, as colon cancer is among the nation’s leading diseases, early diagnosis and treatment is important. The physicians at St. Catherine’s are readily available to help you through the process, and will do so in confidence. Your peace of mind is our first concern.