Colon Cancers, Hemorrhoids Treatment, and More
In some cases, a patient may need colorectal surgery for problems related to their small bowel, colon, or rectum. From a problem as common as hemorrhoids to the management of cancer, our surgical team specializing in the treatment of colon cancer and other causes for colorectal surgery in Houston offers comprehensive, personalized solutions using state-of-the-art surgical techniques that minimize the impact of treatment on the patient and result in the shortest recovery time possible.
We are large group of physician specialists who provide care to patients with colorectal conditions, including colon cancer. Our doctors handling colorectal surgery in Houston are fellowship-trained teaching faculty at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where they also pursue a multitude of research interests.
Colorectal Surgery and Cancer
Treatment for colon or rectal cancer depends on the location and stage of the cancer. If colorectal surgery is indicated, our surgeons in Houston provide full oncologic resection in a purely laparoscopic fashion, commonly known as minimally invasive surgery, which minimizes scarring and recovery time.
Our surgeons have advanced training in these minimally invasive colorectal surgery techniques and in surgical oncology. For colorectal cancer, we believe that a coordinated effort between surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists is important in order to ensure that every patient gets optimal, personalized treatment.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Colon cancer screening detects precancerous lesions in the colon so that they can be treated before they become cancerous and require colorectal surgery or other more dramatic solutions. Colonoscopy is the preferred method for colon cancer screening.
Current colon cancer screening recommendations include:
- Colonoscopy at our Houston offices every 10 years beginning at age 50.
- For African-Americans, colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 45.
Consult with a physician about when to start screening if you have any of the following risk factors:
- A personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps
- A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease
- A strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
- A known family history of hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes, such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC)
Colorectal Surgery for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Houston
The main forms of inflammatory bowel disease are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Inflammatory bowel disease occurs when the inner lining of the intestines becomes inflamed, and may include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and severe internal cramps.
Our Houston team is dedicated to effectively treating patients with inflammatory bowel disease when surgery is indicated. When a surgical consultation is needed, we help our patients develop a clear understanding of the appropriate colorectal surgical options for them and assist them in making the best possible decisions about their care.
For more information on how our Houston, TX, team can treat your inflammatory bowel disease with colorectal surgery or other options, schedule a consultation today.
Colorectal Surgery and More for Diverticular Disease in Houston
Diverticular disease is a common condition that is characterized by a weakness in the wall of the large bowel. This weakness can form pockets called diverticuli, which can cause bleeding or become inflamed. This condition is called diverticulitis. Often, diverticuli cause no symptoms, but if diverticulitis symptoms are present, they may include irregular bowel movements, abdominal pain, passing of blood in stool, and rectal bleeding. Some people develop peritonitis, which occurs when the inflammation spreads to the abdominal lining.
Diverticular treatment in Houston is available. Colorectal surgery is sometimes needed for problems related to diverticulitis and, when indicated, generally involves removing a small portion of the large bowel to prevent further complications of the disease. Houston diverticular disease specialists approach these cases with minimally invasive, state-of-the-art techniques that result in the shortest recovery time possible, even when colorectal surgery is called for.
Treatment for Hemorrhoids in Houston
Symptoms of a hemorrhoid can include pain, bleeding, or swelling in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. Hemorrhoids are very common, and result from increased pressure in the veins of the anus, which causes the veins to swell painfully. Common causes of hemorrhoids include straining during bowel movements, constipation, sitting for long periods of time, and anal infections. Hemorrhoids may occur either inside or outside of the body.
There are many treatments for hemorrhoids, including the application of medicines, rubber band ligation, sclerotherapy, coagulation, mucosal resection, and traditional hemorrhoidectomy, a form of colorectal surgery. During a consultation with one of our Houston hemorrhoid doctors, we explain your treatment options and provide you with the tools you need to determine the best possible treatment for you. We then provide you with colorectal surgery in Houston as necessary and monitor you throughout your recovery.
The Colorectal Surgery Team
Todd David Wilson, M.D. is an assistant professor in the University of Texas Medical School at Houston’s Division of Minimally Invasive and Elective General Surgery. Dr. Wilson is the section chief for colorectal surgery and specializes in minimally invasive techniques for all general surgery, including bariatric, colorectal, solid organ, hernia, and hemorrhoid surgeries in Houston. Full CV
Kulvinder S. Bajwa, M.D. is an assistant professor in the University of Texas Medical School at Houston’s Division of Minimally Invasive and Elective General Surgery. Dr. Bajwa provides minimally invasive and single incisional techniques for gastrointestinal and weight loss surgery, including colorectal surgery for colon and rectal cancers; inguinal, incisional, and ventral hernia repairs; and thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Full CV
Sheilendra S. Mehta, M.D. is an assistant professor in the University of Texas Medical School at Houston’s Division of Minimally Invasive and Elective General Surgery. Dr. Mehta specializes in conditions requiring innovative general surgery expertise with a focus on advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of abdominal pathology to include the full scope of minimally invasive bariatric surgery. Full CV
Dr. Peter Walker is an assistant professor in the Division of Elective General Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. In addition to colorectal surgery and hemorrhoid treatment, he specializes in advanced laparoscopic, robotic, and endoscopic surgery for general and gastrointestinal surgery, including bariatric (weight loss) surgery, reflux, hernias, and abdominal wall reconstruction, endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal), and solid organ surgery in Houston. Full CV
Dr. Shinil Shah is an assistant professor in the Division of Elective General Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He specializes in advanced laparoscopic, robotic, and endoscopic surgery for general and gastrointestinal surgery, including solid organ surgery, weight loss surgery (bariatric), GERD treatment, hernias and abdominal wall reconstruction, colorectal surgery, and endocrine surgery thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal). Full CV