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Colon Surgery Specialist

South Palm Beach Surgical Associates

Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery located in Boca Raton, FL

Your colon, also known as the large bowel or large intestine, is the part of your digestive system that takes the leftover waste from the food you eat and processes it for elimination. Your colon can be affected by a variety of problems that may require surgery, including blockages, diverticular disease, and cancer. At South Palm Beach Surgical Associates in Boca Raton, Florida, gastrointestinal surgeon Dr. Erica Podolsky specializes in minimally invasive colon surgery. Call the office or book your appointment online today.

Colon Surgery Q & A

What is a colectomy?

A colectomy, also known as colon resection or colon surgery, involves the surgical removal of part or all of your large intestine. Although the procedure may be done for various reasons, many people associate it with colon cancer, which is really the tip of the iceberg for this category of surgery. Colon surgery may also be required to address:

  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticular disease
  • Intestinal blockages
  • Precancerous polyps
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Trauma or injury
  • Bowel infarction
  • Twisting of the bowel
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding

A colectomy generally involves sealing off the blood vessels that supply the segment of colon that’s going to be removed, surgically removing the affected segment, then reconnecting the two open ends with surgical staples or sutures.

Can a colectomy be done laparoscopically?

Yes. At one time, having colon surgery meant acquiring a long abdominal incision and undergoing a long and painful recovery. Today, specialists like Dr. Podolsky are able to perform colon resection surgery using advanced laparoscopic technology, meaning there is:

  • More precision
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • Less bleeding
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery

Dr. Podolsky can use this less invasive technique to treat most of the serious problems that affect your large intestine. Patients who have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions may benefit from a laparoscopic colorectal procedure:

  • Colon cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Familial polyposis
  • Colon polyps
  • Bowel leakage
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease

What are the benefits of having a colectomy?

Undergoing colon resection surgery to remove a non-cancerous growth has two primary benefits: it can correct any bleeding or blockage that the growth may have caused, and its removal will prevent it from progressing into a cancer.  

Undergoing colon resection surgery to address a malignancy can actually be curative, depending on the stage of the cancer. After undergoing a colectomy to remove cancer, you’ll meet with an oncologist to determine if you require further treatment, such as chemotherapy.

Are there risks with colorectal surgery?

Yes. Although there are risks with any type of surgery, they’re minimized when the procedure is done laparoscopically. General risks associated with colon surgery include:

  • Bleeding inside your belly
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Anastomotic leak between the reconnected sections of colon
  • Damage to nearby organs
  • Injury to the bladder or ureters

Other potential risks related to any type of surgery include adverse reaction to anesthesia, blood clots, bleeding, and infection.