Our surgeons offer the most advanced diagnosis and treatment for all bowel problems. These disorders are of the colon, rectum and anus. Although it may be embarrassing to seek treatment for anorectal disorders, research shows you're not alone, and that many of the painful conditions that affect the human body emanate from this area. While some anorectal problems are only a nuisance, others can be severe and even life-threatening. However, no anorectal disorder needs to be something you simply tolerate as a normal part of life, and treatment is available at West Medical.
What is the Colon, or Anorectal area?
After food is digested through the stomach, it empties into the small intestine where the nutrients are absorbed. Then waste products that the body cannot use from ingested food moves from the small intestine on to the colon, and then to the rectum, where it is expelled through as feces. The colon and rectum hold waste until it is expelled during bowel movements.
West Medical specializes in the Bowel Disorders:
- Hemorrhoids: dilated veins in the anal canal, called varicose veins, fill beyond their capacity and stretch out like a balloon that has been over-inflated. These hemorrhoids can hang outside the rectum, and may bleed and itch.
- Anal fistula: an abnormal tunnel or opening in the anal gland area leading to another body part, sometimes seen in infants as a result of a birth defect. Often see in those who have Crohn’s disease, tuberculosis, cancer or diverticulitis..
- Anal Fissure: a tear of the skin lining the anus, often caused by bowel movements that are difficult to pass. They can be treated with conservative methods, or surgery in severe cases.
- Fecal incontinence: the inability to control the passage of feces, ranging from leakage during flatulence or complete loss control of bowel movements.
- Colorectal cancer: colon or rectal cancer, affecting the last several inches of the large intestine.
- Inflammatory bowel disease: chronic digestive tract inflammation, either partially or totally, including ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. IBD can be a painful, debilitating or life-threatening condition.
- Constipation: irregular bowel activity accompanied by discomfort and severe bloating of the lower bowel. When stool does pass, it may be small, hard and requires physical effort to expel.
Bowel Treatments Offered at West Medical
Most diseases of the colon are diagnosed by a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a review for colon cancer and is recommended for people age 50 or older who at an average risk for colon cancer (no additional risk factors other than age, like heredity). A colonoscopy exam can detect changes or abnormalities in the colon (large intestine) and rectum.
A colonoscope, which is a flexible tube long enough to reach the colon, is inserted into the rectum during a colonoscopy. A small video camera at the end of the tube shows the doctor the entire inside of the colon. If a polyp or other type of abnormal tissue is detected, it can be removed through the scope during the procedure. Samples of the tissue can be biopsied to check for cancerous cells.
If deemed necessary by your physician, colon surgery can treat any number of colon disorders. Various operations can be performed on the colon. This includes Laparoscopic Colon Resection. This minimally-invasive technique allows surgeon to perform common colon procedures through several small incisions. Your surgeon will be guided by a small camera at the end of the laparoscope which projects onto a TV monitor.
Colon Surgery Recovery
After most anorectal surgical procedures are performed outpatient, meaning you can go home the same day as the procedure. Directly following your procedure, you will be monitored in a recovery room before being sent home. Someone must drive you home as you will be recovering from sedation. You may experience moderate to severe pain in the first 48 hours following your surgery, which can be monitored with prescribed narcotic medication. Expect that bowel movements will be painful following surgery. This can be alleviated by eating a high fiber diet and drinking adequate water to avoid constipation. Also, a stool softener may be useful. Do not take a laxative unless instructed to do so by your doctor as loose or runny stools with cause irritation, as well.
For colorectal procedures, which are a more intensive operation, expect a hospital stay of up to a week.
If you think you might be suffering from bowel problems, now's the time to get real treatment. West Medical has perfected an array of minimally invasive treatments to handle any bowel issues you might have. Looking for more information about bowel problems? We are eager to help you learn more about treatment options offered in Southern California. Please call our West Medical offices at (855) 690-0565.
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