Laparoscopic Colon Resection in Dublin, GA

Dr. John Polhill

Colon Resection With Dr. Polhill

General surgeon John Polhill, MD specializes in providing laparoscopic colon resection for men and women in Dublin, GA. Dr. Polhill is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and has over 15 years of experience caring for his patients. Learn more about colectomies, when to get a colectomy, and schedule your appointment today! Dr. Pohill sees patients from Dublin, Dudley, Dexter, Rentz, Wrightsville, and the surrounding areas.

Patient having stomach pain.What Is a Laparoscopic Colon Resection?

A colectomy, or colon resection, can be a removal of either part of the colon, or the entire colon. Depending on the reason for the colectomy, your doctor will determine what part of the colon needs to be removed. Most often, colectomies are used to treat the following:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS)
  • Polyps
  • Colon or Rectal Cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Bleeding

A laparoscopic colectomy is effectively a minimally invasive version of a conventional colectomy. Instead of using a long incision on the abdomen, a laparoscopic colectomy will require the surgeon to make several small incisions, allowing for less recovery time. The operation on the inside will still be the same as a conventional colectomy.

What to Expect

After creating a small incision in the abdomen, your surgeon will enter a small port into the hole in order to pump carbon dioxide inside and create more space. A tiny telescope connected to a camera, known as a laparascope, is then inserted through the port, allowing the surgeon to see a highly magnified version of your internal organs.

Additional ports will be inserted via separate incisions to allow the surgeon to work in different areas inside your abdomen. As the section of the colon that needs to be removed is freed, one of the incisions will be enlarged to remove the colon. After this, the surgeon will reconnect the remaining ends of the colon, and then close the incisions using sutures.

What Are the Benefits of a Laparoscopic Colon Resection?

While the results will depend on the type of procedure and the patient’s current state, the laparoscopic colectomy can have a number of benefits including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery time after operation
  • Quicker return of bowel function
  • Better cosmetic results (less of a noticeable scar)
  • Faster return to normal diet
  • Faster return to normal activities

Schedule a Consultation for Laparoscopic Colon Resection

Dr. John Polhill specializes in providing the latest in technology to perform the laparoscopic colon resection procedure. For more information about a laparoscopic colon resection, contact Dr. John Polhill at Southern Surgical today!

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