Colon Surgery

Philip L. Leggett, MD -  - General Surgery

Philip L. Leggett, MD

General Surgery & Acid Reflux Treatment located in Houston, TX

If you have diverticulitis, colon cancer, or colon polyps, you may need colon surgery as part of your treatment plan. In the Houston area, Philip L. Leggett, MD, and Seeyuen Lee, MD, are experienced surgeons who specialize in minimally invasive approaches to your colon surgery. For a consultation regarding colon surgery, call the office or schedule your appointment online.

Colon Surgery Q & A

What is the colon?

The colon, or the large intestine, is an essential part of the digestive system. The colon is responsible for removing water, salt, and nutrients from digested food, as well as producing stool. It houses billions of bacteria that keep digestion and the body in a healthy balance.

The colon connects to the small intestine on one end and the rectum on the other end. It has four main parts:

  • The ascending colon, which lies along the right side of the abdomen
  • The transverse colon, which lies along the top of the abdomen
  • The descending colon, which lies along the left side of the abdomen
  • The sigmoid colon, which connects directly to the rectum

As waste material travels through the colon, it develops into formed stool and is delivered to the rectum for excretion from the body.

Why do I need colon surgery?

The team may recommend colon surgery if you suffer from colon disease, including:

  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Intestinal abscesses
  • Colon polyps
  • Colon cancer
  • Intestinal bleeding
  • Infection
  • Ulcers
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases, including ulcerative colitis
  • Volvulus, or twisted part of the bowel
  • Intussusception, when one part of the intestine sits inside another part of the intestine

If your surgeon recommends colon surgery, they take time to explain the reasons, risks, and what you can expect from your specific type of colon surgery.

What are the different types of colon surgery?

Depending on your colon condition, your physician may recommend a type of colon surgery, including:

  • Colectomy or bowel resection: the removal of all or part of your colon
  • Colostomy: the colon rerouted to the outside of the body
  • Endoscopic surgery: used to collect tissues for biopsy, place incisions, and diagnose colon disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease treatment: the removal of diseased tissues

Dr. Leggett and Dr. Lee are highly skilled and experienced with the many variations of colon surgery. They specialize in minimally invasive approaches to all kinds of gastrointestinal surgery, including colon surgery.

In many cases, laparoscopic colon surgery can effectively treat your colon disease and get you back on your feet quicker than with traditional, open surgery options.

For a consultation on how colon surgery can help you, call the office of Philip L. Leggett, MD, today or schedule your appointment online.

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