Our expanded team of board certified and fellowship-trained surgeons, Dr. Seun Sowemimo and Dr. Bennet Togbe, perform many routine and complex GI surgeries, including colorectal surgery. Both surgeons have undergone specialized surgical training to perform the latest minimally invasive laparoscopic gastrointestinal procedures.
The colon, also called the large intestine, is a long tube-like organ at the end of your digestive system that helps your body process the food you eat–without you even noticing it—unless there is a problem. In the event part of the colon becomes infected or malfunctions, the entire digestive system can go off kilter and result in painful and debilitating symptoms that require immediate medical care.
Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Colectomy Available in Central NJ
If medication and dietary changes can’t correct the situation, surgery may be the fastest and safest way to permanently resolve colon disease or infection. Fortunately for the colorectal surgery patient, most of these operations can be performed laparoscopically, using just a few tiny incisions rather than a large and more complex open surgery.
>>> Read about a member of the Prime Surgicare staff who had emergency colon surgery.
Dr. Sowemimo and Dr. Togbe can surgically treat lower GI diagnoses including:
- Colorectal cancer
- Diverticular disease
Diverticulosis is a common condition that affects the large bowel or colon. Diverticula are “outpouchings” or little bubbles on the surface of the colon that develop over time as a result of a low-fiber diet. They cause problems by bleeding or by getting infected, creating an attack. This occurs most commonly in the left lower area of the abdomen and involves a part of the colon called the sigmoid colon. Repeated attacks wear out this portion of the colon and it becomes thickened, loses its elasticity and is prone to even more attacks. At this point, surgery is recommended.
Laparoscopically, using only three small incisions the width of a pencil and a two-inch cut to remove the affected colon, surgery can be safely accomplished with only a two-night hospital stay.
Laparoscopic surgery is also used to remove parts of the colon with large polyps or colon cancer.
Throughout the surgical process, we collaborate closely with the patient’s gastroenterologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and surgeons from other specialties to ultimately provide an integrated treatment plan.
When Colon Surgery May be the Best Treatment Option
If medication and dietary changes don’t resolve the issue, the following symptoms and conditions may be more successfully remediated by surgery:
- Chronic bleeding from the bowels
- Bowel obstruction
- Complications from diverticulitis
Colon Cancer Treatment
Obese people are at higher risk for several chronic medical conditions, including cancer. On more than one occasion, we have seen patients who were undergoing pre-surgical testing for bariatric surgery discover they have cancer, frequently in the colon.
To help these patients, we have removed the tumor and eventually moved forward to perform successful weight loss surgery.
>>> James Langhan talks about his colon cancer surgery followed by gastric sleeve weight loss surgery.
Prime Surgicare has Earned Hundreds of Positive Patient Reviews
Regardless of what GI surgery you may be facing, partner with a surgical practice who has received rave reviews from patients.
Call Prime Surgicare, located on the CentraState Medical Center campus in Freehold, NJ, at 732-982-2002 to schedule an appointment to talk about your healthcare needs.