Colon and Rectal Surgery

The GI Surgical Specialists surgical team performs laparoscopic and single incision colon and rectal surgery to treat conditions of the colon and rectum. Conditions like colorectal polyps and cancer, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease often require surgical attention, as do other intestinal concerns caused by malfunctioning nerves or muscles in the large intestine.

Minimally and non-invasive surgical techniques like colonoscopy, single incision surgery and laparoscopy are used depending on the particular condition.

Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery

Laparoscopic techniques for colon and rectal surgery preserve the health of the large intestine, making it possible for patients to have healthy and regular bowel movements after surgery. Those who undergo laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer, as opposed to traditional surgical techniques, are less susceptible to impaired immune function following surgery and experience fewer small bowel blockages, a common post-surgical complication.

Other advantages of minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery include:

  • Minimal scarring
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Reduced hospital stay
  • Reduced recovery period

During laparoscopic colorectal surgery your surgeon at GI Surgical Specialists will use a laparoscope, a long, flexible tube equipped with a camera, light and other surgical instruments to view the inside of the colon or rectum. The surgeon will perform the entire colorectal procedure through three to five minor abdominal incisions while using the laparoscope as a guide. In certain conditions the surgeon will use a single incision technique, which is similar to laparoscopic surgery but uses only one incision through the belly button to access the colon and rectum.

Laparoscopic and single incision colon and rectal operations are performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will discuss any potential risks or complications associated with the procedure. If you have any questions or concerns regarding minimally invasive surgery for your colorectal condition, you should discuss your concerns with your GI Surgical Specialists surgeon prior to scheduling your operation.

Schedule a Consultation for Colorectal Surgery

If you have been advised to undergo surgery for your colorectal condition, the next step is to schedule an initial consultation with the minimally invasive surgical experts at GI Surgical Specialists. Patients in the Fort Myers, Naples and greater Southwest Florida areas should contact GI Surgical Specialists to schedule a colorectal surgery consultation with Dr. Denk.