The sensitive nature of colon conditions means many patients are reluctant to seek treatment until their symptoms become nearly debilitating. For some colon conditions, medications and behavior modification, including changes to your diet, can sufficiently control bothersome symptoms. For others, surgery offers the only or best form of relief available. Laparoscopic surgery has become the preferred treatment for many colon conditions. The surgeons at our New York practice have combined decades of experience performing minimally invasive colon procedures, and are recognized as leaders in the field. To learn more about laparoscopic surgery for colon conditions and if a minimally invasive procedure is right for you, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Video: Diverticular Treatment
As Dr. Anthony Vine describes, most patients with diverticulitis have an underlying condition called diverticulosis. In many cases, dietary changes and medications can treat this condition. In other cases, surgical diverticulitis treatment is available at Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York.
Common Colon Conditions
Patients with colon conditions and persistent symptoms that are not easily controlled through medication, diet, and lifestyle changes will most likely require surgical intervention at some point in their lives. Our surgeons can perform laparoscopic surgery to treat many different colon conditions including:
- Colon cancers
- Inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Familial polyposis
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
Each of these conditions can produce a wide range of symptoms, including abdominal pain and cramping. Our doctors understand that the pain associated with colon conditions can be difficult to live with, and our practice specializes in pain management as well as corrective surgery. When a patient comes into our office for an examination and consultation, our doctors will consult imaging diagnostics, gather the patient's medical history, and discuss their symptoms before determining an individual treatment plan.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
By relieving pressure in the intestine, laparoscopic surgery can significantly alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with colon conditions. Overall, effective surgical treatment can greatly enhance your quality of life. Laparoscopic colon surgery offers many benefits over traditional open surgeries, including:
- Minimized trauma to surrounding tissue, like sensitive nerve endings
- Less blood loss
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery
- Reduced pain and discomfort, and as a result, less anesthesia
- Faster return of bowel function
- Less scarring and chance of infection at the incision site
- Overall, reduced risk of post-operative complications
In certain cases of advanced colon conditions, the use of robotic-assisted surgery can be especially beneficial to the patient. Our doctors are among the pioneers of this exciting surgical development. Robotic-assisted surgery is a laparoscopic technique that uses an advanced console and mechanical arms to improve the surgeon's precision and range of motion. Because the arms of the robot can make much more complex and small movements than the human wrist, this type of surgery can improve surgical outcome in a number of ways.
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Living with a colon condition can be extremely frustrating, but our treatment can restore your health quickly with a reduced recovery time. Our entire staff is committed to providing patients with the highest level of care available, and your health and safety are our top priorities. To learn more about whether your colon condition can be treated using laparoscopic surgery, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today.