According to the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, more than 600,000 surgical procedures are performed annually in the United States to treat colon disease. Surgery is not always the absolute cure, but it can prevent the spread of the disease and reduce pain and discomfort. Dr. Tom Umbach is a board-certified general surgeon, specializing in weight loss surgery and colon surgery at his Las Vegas practice.

When Does Colon Surgery Become Necessary?

The colon is the large part of the intestinal tract. After food has been digested and its nutrients have been absorbed by the small intestine, the remaining waste moves through the colon to the rectum, where it is expelled from the body. Cancer, inflammatory bowel disease or diverticular disease can affect a section of the colon or the entire colon. In serious cases the disease can progress to the point where some or all of the colon needs to be surgically removed.

What Happens During Colon Surgery?

Colon surgery can be performed using a traditional open approach or a minimally invasive laparoscopic approach. Traditionally open procedures require a larger incision, a longer hospital stay and extended recovery time.

Laparoscopic colon surgery is performed with the assistance of a small video camera, which is inserted through a tiny incision into the abdomen and projects images from inside the body onto a screen in the operating room. This setup gives Dr. Umbach a magnified view of the client’s internal organs and enables him to carefully detach and remove the diseased portion of the colon. He then reconnects the intestines to the rectum so the client can continue to eliminate waste normally (certain cases require the temporary or permanent placement of a colostomy bag).

Laparoscopic surgery is not medically appropriate for every client. Dr. Umbach can evaluate your case and determine whether you qualify for laparoscopic surgery during a surgical consultation.

Schedule a Surgical Consultation Today

If you are searching for an experienced colon surgeon in Las Vegas, contact Blossom Bariatrics at (702) 463-3300 to schedule a surgical consultation with Dr. Umbach.