Colon and Rectal Procedures
From screenings through surgery and recovery, Lincoln Surgical's specialists help patients with painful colon and rectal conditions.
Colorectal Cancer in2018
- 140,000 diagnoses in the U.S.
- 50,000 deaths in the U.S.
Lifestyle factors: tobacco, alcohol, processed foods increase risk
Lincoln Surgical highly recommends colonoscopy to find colon cancer as early as possible in its development. The American Cancer Society says that patients at average risk for colorectal cancer should be screened at age 45, or earlier depending on your race, family history, and other diseases.
Anorectal surgery is often necessary to treat conditions that affect the anal and rectal regions. Many forms of anorectal surgery are performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you can usually return home just hours after the procedure.
Anorectal surgery may be recommended to treat hemorrhoids, perirectal or pilonidal abscesses, fistulas, or fissures.
Colon/Large Bowel Resections
A colectomy, or large bowel resection, is a surgical procedure used to remove all or part of the large intestine, or colon. Many of these procedures can be done laparoscopically through small incisions rather than with larger incisions required by open surgery. Not everyone is a candidate for a laparoscopic approach and your surgeon will make the safest recommendation for your procedure.
A bowel resection may be recommended for colon cancers, polyps, diverticulitis, intestinal blockages and obstructions, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and severe gastrointestinal bleeding.
The laparoscopic colectomy is performed through a series of tiny incisions in the abdomen with special tools that are guided by a small camera. Your surgeon will remove part of the large intestine through these incisions. During the procedure, you will remain under general anesthesia. Following the operation, a hospital stay of several days will be required.
Having an ostomy doesn't keep you from living your life. An ostomy, or a stoma, is where the bowel is brought out through your abdominal wall and you pass your excrement into a bag on your abdomen. There are two main types of ostomies: a colostomy, which is colon or large intestine; and an ileostomy, which is small intestine. An ostomy can be temporary or permanent.
After colon surgery, Lincoln Surgical wants to help patients get back on their feet as soon as possible and get back to enjoying life.
Enhanced Recovery Protocol
The enhanced recovery protocol for colon surgery is gaining momentum and has been implemented by Memorial Hospital Belleville and Memorial Hospital East. This protocol includes a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.
If you have questions or concerns about ostomy recovery or want instructions on how to use Hollister ostomy products, check out these educational videos.
Did You Know?
Lincoln Surgical Associates has a recovery protocol in place for shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery from colon surgery.Learn more