It’s not uncommon for people to have trouble with bowel movements. Many things can contribute to these problems, including diet and level of activity. When your issues signal a more serious problem, Gundersen has the experts available to diagnose and treat your condition.
The colon, also known as the large intestine, is the last part of the digestive system. Its main functions are to remove excess water from waste and store the stool until it is passed during a bowel movement. When there is a disease or disorder of the colon, it can cause problems with bowel movements and other symptoms.
Common issues that affect the colon
- Colon cancer
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Crohn’s disease
Some conditions can be treated with certain medications or by making lifestyle changes such as modifying your diet, drinking more water and exercising.
We offer surgery for:
A variety of medical issues and diseases may require colon surgery, including:
- Recurrent diverticulitis
- Colon polyps that cannot be removed during colonoscopy
- Crohn’s disease that’s unresponsive to medications
- Scar tissue removal
- Exploration for a cause of ongoing abdominal pain
- Issues that can’t be seen on CT scan or other tests
- Twisting or blockage of the colon
- Colon cancer
- Rectal cancer
Most of the surgeries performed for colon disease are done laparoscopically or using minimally invasive techniques. Some require an “open” or larger incision.