Surgery, whether inpatient or outpatient, can be a stressful experience both mentally and physically if you do not feel prepared. Our goal is to help minimize the stress and uncertainty that is often associated with surgery by educating patients on the procedures we perform. Patients who take the time to familiarize themselves with the procedures we offer are better-equipped to ask questions about their surgery and the recovery process and are more relaxed on the actual day of surgery.
We strongly believe in informing and educating patients about procedures. Remember that you have the right to ask about risks, options, and benefits of procedures. If you should have any questions regarding a procedure, please contact our office to speak with one of our expert staff members.
The colonoscopy procedure is a visual examination of the lining of the colon. It is performed with a specialized instrument called a colonoscope, which looks like a long black tube. The colonoscope contains fiberoptic lenses that magnify the lining (mucosa) of the colon. It is very flexible and therefore allows the doctor to guide it through the colon and inspect the mucosa.
Through the colonoscope, it is possible to take samples of the mucosa (called biopsy). During colonoscopy, polyps can be excised (removed) through the colonoscope.
Adequate sedation is given to you through an intravenous (IV) tube during the colonoscopy procedure. Most people do not have any memory of discomfort after the examination. Colonoscopies are very safe but, like any procedure, have potential complications that are rare – like bleeding and perforation. As with any procedure we perform, it is important that you ask your doctor about the risks, options and benefits associated with it. If you need further information, please discuss this with us freely.
DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the evening before the exam.
Have someone available to drive you home. You will not be permitted to drive.
If you normally take antibiotics before dental work or any other surgeries, please let us know in advance so we can make arrangements.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (937) 435-8663.
Anorectal surgery is most often performed under a “regional”-type anesthesia. During surgery, both internal and external hemorrhoids, are removed and a layer of suture is sewn into the hemorrhoid “bed.” The sutures dissolve and break away, leaving scar tissue. If the rectal pathology also includes anal fissures or fistulas, these are also cut away.
Patients may spend a night in the hospital following anorectal surgery. If you are interested in learning more about the risks, benefits and options associated with this procedure, please contact our office.
The idea of having part of your colon removed may sound scary. But part or all of the colon can be removed without causing serious problems. After the section of bowel is removed, the two ends may be reconnected (anastomosis). In colon resection, a portion of the colon is removed (resected) during surgery. Your surgeon will explain the procedure most appropriate for your medical condition. The type of surgery depends on the where the problem is. Other times, the exposed end of the colon or small intestine is sewn to the abdominal wall through an incision. It will then drain into a special bag outside your body. This is called a colostomy or ileostomy. Your surgeon can discuss this with you at your visit before surgery.
A pilonidal cyst is found near the base of the spine (tailbone) or top of the buttocks crease. Most pilonidal cysts are left alone. Surgery may be needed if the infection is severe, does not respond to medicine, or keeps coming back. A surgeon cuts and removes the cyst and the tissue around it. Your healthcare provider can tell you more if this is needed.