Our General Surgery at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital includes many minimally invasive procedures. Our highly trained surgeons often use the minimally invasive procedure known as laproscopy for colon resection and to provide relief from a hernia.
“Colon” is another name for the large intestine. Some people call this the bowel. A colon resection is a type of surgery in which a large part of the colon is removed. This is done through an incision (cut) made through the wall of the abdomen. A colon resection may be done for a number of reasons, including cancer of the colon, bowel obstruction or a malignant polyp.
A colonoscopy is a test that is done to see inside the colon (large bowel). The colonoscope is a long flexible tube that is put up the rectum into the large bowel (colon). This test is used to help check for problems in the lower bowel such as polyps, inflammation, hemorrhoids, bleeding, or diverticular disease. The test is usually done in the GI Lab on the first floor of the hospital. However, it can be done in the patient's room if he or she is in the Intensive Care Unit and not able to go to the GI Lab. The test usually takes 15 to 30 minutes. This does not include time going to and from the Lab or in waiting for the test to start.
A hernia in the abdomen is caused when there is a weak spot or an abnormal opening in the lining or wall of the abdomen. An organ or other tissue bulges through this area. A hernia repair is a type of surgery where the abnormal opening is sewn together so that the organ or tissue no longer bulges through the opening. If the area is large, sometimes a strong type of synthetic material is sewn over the opening to reinforce the area to make it stronger. The surgery is either open or laparoscopic.
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