Surgeries of the
Surgeries of the Digestive System
In many cases, medications and/or changes in lifestyle (diet, exercise, etc.) can alleviate abdominal and digestive system complaints. Sometimes, however, surgery is indicated to provide definitive relief. The physicians at Fayette Surgical Associates have the comprehensive training and extensive experience to evaluate you and determine a surgical approach to addressing abdominal and digestive issues, always with the goal of finally helping you feel like yourself again.
Most emergency room complaints of severe abdominal pain are the result of gallbladder disease. We not only frequently perform gallbladder removals (cholecystectomy), we employ routinely minimally invasive technique to reduce scarring and recovery time.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Sometimes heartburn-like symptoms can indicate something more serious: gastroesophogeal reflux disease, GERD for short. Left untreated, GERD can cause serious health problems, including cancer.
Along with being uncomfortable, GERD exposes the lining of the esophagus to stomach acid, which can erode the esophageal lining, and affect your ability to eat, breathe and swallow.
Your doctor may address GERD by recommending lifestyle changes or medications. However. surgery is an option when these treatments do not work. In this case, your surgeon may perform the Nissen fundoplication technique, a minimally invasive procedure that alters the angle of the esophagus so your stomach will empty more quickly, reducing the acid reflux and closing the hole causing the hiatal hernia.
Almost 5% of Americans will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most common cancers. Fortunately, screening and innovations in treatment, including laparoscopic colon surgery, have decreased deaths from colorectal cancer over the past 15 years.
Though different, colon and rectal cancers have a lot in common. They often develop from a polyp, a growth of tissue that starts in the colon lining and grows into the colon or rectum. Over time, some polyps develop into cancer; removing a polyp early is a proactive measure your physician may recommend.
Laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer may be a possible for as many as 70 percent of the Americans who undergo treatment for colon cancer every year. The surgeons at Fayette Surgical Associates have performed hundreds of laparoscopic-assisted colon surgeries. An individual evaluation is necessary to determine if laparoscopic surgery is right for you. We try to perform the least invasive procedure that is indicated for each patient. There are occasions when laparoscopic removal isn’t the best option and it is recommended that open colectomy is the best treatment. Each decision is tailored to the patient.
We also treat other disorders of the colon including the following:
• Crohn’s disease, a long-term inflammatory bowel disease of the digestive tract that can cause severe abdominal pain, weight loss and other ongoing symptoms such as diarrhea.
• Ulcerative colitis, a bowel disease that causes inflammation and sores in the lining of the large intestine or colon. This condition can cause severe cramping, bloody diarrhea and other symptoms. Over time, ulcerative colitis can lead to a greater risk of developing colon cancer.
This is another common and painful complaint. Appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix), often requires removal of the appendix (appendectomy). We frequently preform this procedure using the latest laparoscopic technology, to definitively treat appendicitis while reducing recovery time and the size of the post-op scar.