When you eat, food moves from the mouth to the esophagus to the stomach. There, stomach acid breaks the food down until it passes into the small bowel. When in the bowel, vitamins and minerals are stripped out of the food. These nutrients then begin their journey through the body to provide you with energy and to heal damaged tissue and cells.
The remaining substance passes into the colon (large intestine) and eventually the rectum, where it waits to be released via a bowel movement. When problems arise in the final two stages (colon and rectum), it is often necessary to seek medical attention. Failure to do so can cause worsened problems that impact your quality of life.
In many cases, these conditions can be treated with lifestyle changes. These may involve modifying your diet, performing special exercises and avoiding risky behaviors. When these aren’t enough to provide relief from your symptoms, colorectal surgery may be needed.
Colorectal surgery is used for a variety of issues affecting the colon and rectum, including:
When seeking colorectal surgery, MultiCare has you covered. With board-certified, fellowship-trained colorectal surgeons, our team has the experience and expertise needed to evaluate and treat colorectal issues with skill and compassion.
Here are a few of the procedures MultiCare colorectal surgeons offer to patients suffering colorectal issues.
Regardless of the procedure, colorectal surgeries can be performed one of two ways: open surgery, in which a single large incision is made to perform the procedure, and minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery.
With robotic-assisted surgery, the procedure is performed through a series of tiny incisions. Through these incisions, a small video camera acts as the surgeon’s eyes. The surgeon then controls robotic arms to accurately perform the procedure with minimal impact on healthy surrounding tissue.