Bowel Surgery Specialist

Laparoscopic Surgery NW

Laparoscopic Surgery & General Surgeon located in Tacoma, WA

Bowel surgery isn’t usually the first recommended treatment for a condition that affects your gastrointestinal system. Still, it may be necessary for various health issues, such as an obstruction or tumor. At Laparoscopic Surgery NW, board-certified general and laparoscopic surgeon, James Rifenbery, MD, FACS, specializes in abdominal surgery, including bowel surgery. Dedicated to providing patients with the best care possible, he performs bowel surgery using the most advanced and minimally invasive techniques available. To schedule an appointment with a skilled and experienced surgeon, call the office in Tacoma, Washington, or request an appointment online today.

Bowel Surgery

What is the bowel?

Your bowel makes up the lower portion of your digestive system and includes the small and large intestines. These organs breakdown and metabolize the food you eat to provide your body with the nutrients needed to support health and function. Any remaining material and water left after this process is complete are pushed to the final portion of your bowel and the rectum and then evacuated from your body. 

What conditions require bowel surgery?

Surgery is usually the last recommended treatment for most health conditions, including those that affect the bowel. However, you may require bowel surgery to remove diseased areas affecting your health. 

Conditions that may require bowel surgery include:

  • Cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Fistula
  • Appendicitis
  • Obstruction
  • Severe infection

In addition to bowel surgery, Dr. Rifenbery also performs gallbladder surgery, hernia surgery, and stomach surgery. 

What techniques are used to perform bowel surgery?

Dr. Rifenbery is a skilled surgeon who actively pursues advanced training so he can offer you the best surgical options and outcomes for your bowel surgery. The techniques he may use include:

Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that requires only three to four small incisions. During your laparoscopic procedure, Dr. Rifenbery uses a laparoscope -- a thin, flexible tube equipped with a camera and light. The laparoscope allows him to view your abdominal area without the need for a large incision. He then uses special surgical instruments to remove the diseased portion of your bowel.

Robotic surgery

Robotic surgery is the most advanced minimally invasive surgical technique. Dr. Rifenbery uses the da Vinci® surgical system for robotic surgery. This advanced surgical system allows him to perform even the most complicated bowel surgery with ultra-precision.  

Single-site robotic surgery

With single-site robotic surgery, Dr. Rifenbery uses the robotic surgical tools to perform your procedure, making only one incision through your belly button. Currently, Dr. Rifenbery only offers single-site robotic surgery for the removal of a diseased gallbladder. But as the tools and techniques evolve, he plans on using single-site robotic surgery to perform additional procedures. 

Open surgery

Open surgery is the most traditional surgical method. During open surgery, Dr. Rifenbery makes an incision through your abdomen to remove or repair the diseased or damaged bowel. Though Dr. Rifenbery prefers less invasive surgical techniques, in some cases, open surgery makes the better option. 

To discuss your surgical options with a skilled and experienced surgeon who cares about you and your health, contact Laparoscopic Surgery NW by phone or request an appointment online today.

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