Laparoscopic Treatment of Gastrointestinal Bleeding and Colon Conditions

Gastrointestinal Bleeding and Colon Conditions
Posted on 2016/06/11 by Brian Jacob M.D.

About Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Gastrointestinal bleeding is not a condition, but rather a symptom of any number of possible disorders of the upper or lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The blood may be seen in stool or vomit, but can be difficult to detect, especially at first. Often, stools will appear black and tar-like. Other symptoms that accompany GI blood loss include abdominal pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, a drop in blood pressure, and weakness.

Upper GI disorders that cause gastrointestinal bleeding include:

  • Peptic ulcers
  • Esophageal varices
  • Gastritis
  • Cancerous tumors
  • Inflammation

Lower GI disorders that cause gastrointestinal bleeding include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Colon polyps
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticulitis
  • Anal fissures
  • Cancerous tumors
  • Angiodysplasia

If gastrointestinal bleeding is suspected, our surgeons will perform diagnostic tests to identify the source of the bleeding and recommend the proper course of action. Often, minimally invasive surgery can be performed to address the issue and prevent further loss of blood.

Colon Conditions

Our surgeons provide diagnosis of and minimally invasive surgical treatment for a variety of colon conditions, including:

  • Colon cancers
  • Diverticulitis
  • Familial polyposis
  • Volvulus
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis

Laparoscopic colon surgery is often recommended when more conservative, non-surgical methods of treating colon conditions, such as changes in diet, prove ineffectual. Our surgeons are able to relieve the pain and chronic discomfort that accompany most colon conditions, often without having to perform traditional open surgery. This results in less bleeding, less risk of complications such as infection, and much shorter healing times for our patients. Patients generally emerge from surgery with a renewed sense of energy and purpose, as though a tremendous weight has been lifted from their shoulders.

Learn More about Laparoscopic Surgery for Gastrointestinal Bleeding and Colon Conditions

To learn more about laparoscopic surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding and colon conditions, please contact Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York today.

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