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Digestive & Colon Conditions

There is a range of conditions that can occur at any point in your digestive tract, from your esophagus through your intestines and down into your colon and rectum. While the symptoms of some conditions range from mild discomfort to severe pain, other conditions such as colon cancer may have no symptoms at all. But whatever it is you're feeling, it’s important to talk to your doctor about it, regardless of how minor or embarrassing it may seem. This should include discussion of screening for those conditions that do not have any symptoms.

If you've already seen a doctor, you may have been diagnosed with:

Know your options

While medicine and other remedies are generally a good treatment for these conditions, at some point surgery may be necessary. If that's the case, then you should take some time to learn as much as you can about your condition and your options for surgical treatment

In fact, the way in which your procedure is performed may dramatically affect your recovery time as well as pain and scarring after surgery. For example, many procedures for these digestive and colon conditions can be performed using minimally invasive techniques that have been demonstrated to be as effective as traditional methods

In a minimally invasive procedure, no large incisions are made. Instead, your surgeon makes several small incisions and performs the surgery using advanced devices and in some conditions, a specialized video camera called a laparoscope that allows him or her to see inside your abdomen

Benefits of minimally invasive surgery:

  • Less pain after surgery
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster recovery and return to normal activities

Click here to learn more about minimally invasive surgery.

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