Colon Surgery Specialist

Laparoscopic Surgery NW

Laparoscopic Surgery & General Surgeon located in Tacoma, WA

More than 600,000 surgical procedures are performed in the United States every year to treat a variety of colon diseases. Board-certified general and laparoscopic surgeon, James Rifenbery, MD, FACS, at Laparoscopic Surgery NW in Tacoma, Washington, specializes in abdominal procedures, including colon surgery, and utilizes the most advanced techniques for the best possible outcomes. To schedule a consultation with an experienced and compassionate surgeon, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Colon Surgery

What is the colon?

Your colon, also referred to as your large intestine, is the lower part of your digestive tract. It absorbs water from the waste that remains after your body has digested and absorbed all the nutrients from your meals and snacks. Your colon then moves the debris to your rectum, the final portion of your colon, and holds it until you’re ready to expel it.

Why would I need colon surgery?

Many diseases affect the colon and may require colon surgery. Some of the most common include:

Diverticulitis and diverticulosis

Weak spots in the tissue of your large intestines may lead to small bulges, or pouches referred to as diverticulum. When you have multiple pouches, you have a condition called diverticulosis. Most people with diverticulosis experience no symptoms or discomfort. 

However, if the pouches in your large intestines are inflamed or infected, then you have diverticulitis. This acute condition causes severe abdominal pain. Though surgery isn’t always necessary, if your diverticulitis is recurrent or doesn’t respond to medical treatment (antibiotics and bowel rest), then surgery may be recommended.

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. And when caught early, one of the most treatable. Surgery is one of the primary treatments for colon cancer, along with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

What techniques are used to perform colon surgery?

Dr. Rifenbery is a skilled and experienced surgeon and utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques for colon surgery. When possible, he performs laparoscopic colon surgery, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that requires only three to four small incisions to remove the diseased portion of your colon. 

Dr. Rifenbery prefers the minimally invasive method because of its benefits to you, including:

  • Less operative pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster return to a solid-food diet
  • Quicker return of bowel function
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Improved cosmetic results

Though Dr. Rifenbery prefers laparoscopic colon surgery, in some cases, a traditional open colon surgery may be needed. He reviews your surgical needs in detail with you before the procedure, so you know exactly what to expect.

To schedule a colon surgery consultation at Laparoscopic Surgery NW, call the office or use the online booking tool.

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