Colorectal surgery- Four things you need to know

September 22, 2017

The colon and rectum are parts of the small intestines, running from the intestines to the anus. The function of this hollow tube is to absorb water and store the waste products for the body to empty the same, as a part of the digestion process. The colon is about 5 to 6 feet long. The colon tube ends with the rectum in the human body. Any disturbance or distortion in the rectum can hinder the entire digestion/excretion process, and also lead to major complications such as infections and cancers. In order to avoid such grievous ruptures, colorectal specialists scan the entire intestinal structures, for finding the both the problem and solution. Any disturbances, abnormalities, and problems related to the colon, rectum, and anus should be immediately reported to a colorectal surgeon.

What is colorectal surgery? When is this surgery performed?

Colorectal surgery is a field of medicine that deals with the disorders of colon, rectum, and anus. This surgery is performed to repair damage caused to colon, rectum, and anus caused by diseases of the lower digestive tract such as cancer, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Here are some interesting facts and details about this surgery that you need to know:

  1. Diagnosis for colorectal surgery

Coloscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and lower GI series are the screening tests used to examine the condition of the large intestine, rectum, and anus. These tests identify masses and perforations on bowel walls. These tests are also used to look for polyps, abnormal areas, tumors and cancer in the intestinal tract.

  1. MRI before and during surgery

MRI is used by the physicians both prior and during surgery to determine the precise margins for resection of the colon so that they can eliminate all of the diseased tissue.

  1. Robotic rectal surgery

Robotic rectal surgery is a new advanced colorectal surgery technique that has transformed the management of patients with rectal problems, such as benign and cancer-related problems.

  1. Colectomy

A colectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the colon. It is usually used to treat colon diseases. The surgery involves removing a portion of the colon that appears infected or cancerous. If colon cancer is detected at an early stage, this surgery helps in the tending to cancer. Sometimes even when cancer has progressed beyond the early stages, a more intensive colectomy surgery is performed.

Offering these advanced technologies under one roof by well-trained colorectal surgeons who have in-depth knowledge of the conditions improves patient outcomes and drives down costs to the patients. At Apollo Spectra Hospitals, we have a team of highly qualified and experienced surgeons. Our hospitals have the best state of art, ultra- modern modular OTs and well-equipped ICUs for post-operative care with a near zero infection rate. International protocols are adhered to, in order to ensure the best care for our patients. Apart from this, Apollo Spectra Hospitals is the only hospital in India that performs this advanced surgery with modern equipment, and highly developed technology. Know about this surgery here.