The large intestine, or colon, is a tube located at the end of the digestive system connecting the small intestine and the anus. When an area of the colon becomes diseased or blocked, a large bowel resection may be the recommended mode of treatment. During a Bradenton large bowel operation, surgery is performed to fully remove part or all of the colon. Also known as a colectomy, this type of procedure is used to treat a number of diseases and conditions affecting the large intestine.
Did you know…
there are more than 600,000 surgeries performed every year in the U.S. for the purpose of treating colon diseases? For some, undergoing a colectomy may provide the cure to their disease or condition. For others, the procedure can at minimum help prevent the spread of disease provide dramatic relief of symptoms – particularly those who suffer with intestinal bleeding, pain or chronic infections.
Irritable bowel diseases are responsible for many large bowel resection procedures. This procedure can dramatically improve the symptoms of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, maximizing quality of life for patients who suffer with frequent IBD attacks. In addition, large bowel operations can be used to remove scar tissue or congenital deformities blocking the colon, as well as precancerous polyps. Other conditions that may require bowel resectioning include colon cancer, diverticular disease, and certain traumatic injuries.
In traditional ‘open’ large bowel surgery, patients wake up to large incisions and long recovery times in the hospital. With the robot-assisted laparoscopic colon surgery available here in Bradenton, incisions are much smaller – about a quarter-inch long. Since the surgery is minimally invasive, the recovery period is often shorter, with many patients remaining in the hospital half the time of open surgery patients. Most are also able to return to normal activity and a normal diet more quickly.
Patients are placed under general anesthesia for the duration of the procedure. Tiny instruments and a lighted camera are passed through small abdominal incisions. The diseased area of the bowel is removed, and the remaining healthy tissues are sewn together. In some cases, there is not enough healthy tissue remaining and a colostomy is required.