The colon is a part of your digestive system that absorbs water and nutrients from the digested material that comes from your small intestine; these waste products solidify and become a stool, which passes through your large intestine and is eliminated from your body when you have a bowel movement. Unfortunately, you may develop a number of diseases or conditions in your colon, including:
- Colon cancer
- Bowel obstruction
Depending on the severity of your disease, colon surgery may be recommended to help treat your condition. Dr. A. Enrique Whittwell, a board-certified general surgeon in Miami, Florida, specializes in laparoscopic colon resection, which is a highly advanced, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery technique using a thin instrument with a miniature camera called a laparoscope.
Dr. Whittwell inserts the laparoscope through small incisions and uses the images produced by the camera to aid in guiding the surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is associated with less bleeding, less pain, fewer complications, less time spent in the hospital, and a faster recovery time, with a quicker return to normal bowel function.
During laparoscopic colon surgery, Dr. Whittwell will remove the diseased part of your colon and reattach the healthy segments. This type of surgery usually requires two to four days in the hospital post-surgery, which is a much quicker time than with traditional surgery.
For more information on the types of colon surgery performed by Dr. Whittwell in Miami, Florida, contact us today at (305) 665-0100. You can also request an appointment online to discuss your condition and the best treatment options.