The digestive tract allows us to eat and to use the food we eat to fuel our bodies. In the event part of the colon becomes infected or non-functional due to disease, the entire digestive system can go off kilter and result in some very serious physical symptoms.
In many cases, medication and dietary changes will usually be administered to try and repair the issue.
When Colon Medications and Lifestyle Changes Don’t Work
In some cases, colon surgery may be the optimal solution to overcome the physical effects of colon disease or malfunction.
This procedure is called a Colectomy and can often help overcome these serious health complications:
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Bowel obstruction
- Early stage colon cancer
- Medication-resistant Crohn’s disease
- Treatment-resistant ulcerative colitis
- Complications from diverticulitis
- Preventive surgery if you have precancerous colon polyps and are at very high risk of colon cancer
Types of Colectomy Operations
- Total colectomy removes the entire colon
- Partial colectomy removed part of the colon
- Hemicolectomy removes only the right or left portion of the colon
- Proctocolectomy involves removing both the colon and rectum
Colectomy surgery usually requires follow-up procedures to reattach the remaining portion of your digestive system and permit waste to leave your body.
Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Colectomy in Central NJ
I have performed many laparoscopic colectomy operations here in central NJ, mostly at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, using just 4 tiny incisions from which I perform the operation successfully.
There are significant patient benefits to laparoscopic colon surgery:
- only tiny incisions
- less post-op pain
- less blood loss
- overall quicker recovery
Keep in mind, not everyone is a candidate for the minimally invasive colectomy. In some situations, the surgeon does not always know if your operation needs to be performed as an open surgery (one longer incision) or laparoscopically until the procedure is underway.
After Your Colon Surgery
You’ll be hospitalized for about 4 days until you regain bowel function.
If your operation involved a colostomy or ileostomy to attach your intestine to the outside of your abdomen, you’ll meet with an ostomy nurse who will show you how to care for your stoma.
Once you leave the hospital, plan for an additional few weeks of rest and recovery before returning to work or regular activities.
Hundreds of Positive Patient Testimonials for Prime Surgicare
Why has Prime Surgicare earned so many positive patient testimonials?
I always ask patients and their caregivers to call my office in Freehold on the CentraState Medical Center campus with any questions or concerns after any surgical procedure — whether it’s a more complex colectomy procedure, hernia repair or gallbladder removal. We are here to help each one of our NJ surgery patients before, during and long after their operations are over.
While we hope you’re not faced with a surgical procedure in the future, know that my team and I are ready to help support you with all your wellness and health needs for years to come.
Should you need a consultation about a surgery you are facing, I would be happy to talk with you in person.
Please call Prime Surgicare at (732)-982-2002 to schedule an appointment.
About Dr. Seun Sowemimo, MD, FACS
Dr. Seun is a top NJ bariatric surgeon and the medical director at Prime Surgicare, with offices in Freehold serving Monmouth and Ocean counties. He is board-certified, Columbia and Yale University fellowship-trained in advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgery.
To learn more, visit his YouTube channel or call Prime Surgicare at (732)-982-2002.