Colon Surgery Specialist

Surgical Consultants of Northern Virginia

Bariatric & General Surgery located in Reston, VA

If you have a problem with your colon, surgery might be the most effective treatment option. At the Surgical Consultants of Northern Virginia in Reston, Virginia, Brett Sachse, MD, Amanda Pysher, MD, Hiral Patel, MD, and Ranjit Pullarkat, MD, provide expert colon surgeries to address a wide range of health issues including diverticulitis and colorectal cancer. If you’re looking for an expert surgeon to perform colon surgery, call the Surgical Consultants of Northern Virginia or make an appointment online today.

Colon Surgery Q & A

Why would I need colon surgery?

Many health issues can improve with colon surgery. For example, the team at the Surgical Consultants of Northern Virginia treat colitis, diverticulitis, polyps, Crohn’s disease, and colorectal cancer with expert surgical care. 

Some of the signs that you have a problem with your colon include:

  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Black or tar-like stool
  • Blood in your stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feeling like your bowel doesn’t empty completely
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Weakness, fatigue, and fever

Your risk of colon problems increases if you have an unhealthy diet or a sedentary lifestyle. Additionally, heavy alcohol use or smoking can also increase your chances of developing a problem in your bowel. 

What are the available types of colon surgery?

The team at the Surgical Consultants of Northern Virginia offers a variety of colon surgery options. Whenever possible, they use minimally invasive robotic surgery techniques with the da Vinci® surgery system. Minimally invasive surgeries reduce the amount of time you need to recover, as well as your risk of infection and scarring. 

Depending on your needs, your surgeon might recommend:

Polypectomy

A polypectomy is a standard procedure to remove polyps and early-stage tumors from your colon. Your surgeon can often perform polypectomy during a colonoscopy. 

Local excision

The team uses local excision procedures to remove cancer from the walls of your rectum. Your surgeon can either perform the surgery through your anus or by making a small incision in the rectum. 

Colon resection

A colon resection, sometimes called a colectomy, is a procedure that removes part of your colon. The team at the Surgical Consultants of Northern Virginia offers several types of colectomy to remove part or all of your bowel. 

Depending on your condition, your surgeon might be able to reattach your colon after removing damaged or cancerous tissue. However, in some cases, they might need to perform a colostomy, which connects your colon to the opening in your abdomen. Your solid waste products leave your body through the opening and are collected in a colostomy bag. 

How do I know what type of procedure is right for me?

The team at the Surgical Consultants of Northern Virginia provides comprehensive consultations and exams to identify the best treatment to resolve your condition. They might recommend colonoscopy, biopsy, PET and MRI scans, and minimally invasive laparoscopy to collect more information about your condition. 

Your surgeon discusses your condition and treatment options with you and answers your questions to help you make the best choice for your health. 

If you’re looking for an expert surgeon, call the Surgical Consultants of Northern Virginia or schedule an appointment online today.