Colon Surgery Specialist

Surgical Care PC

Rick J. Windle, MD

General Surgeon & Varicose Vein Specialist located in Lincoln, NE

If you have a medical condition that affects your large intestine, such as inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, or diverticulitis, you may need colon surgery. General surgeon Rick Windle, MD, performs various types of colon surgery, including minimally invasive procedures, at Surgical Care PC in Lincoln, Nebraska. For exceptional care in colon surgery, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Colon Surgery Q&A

What is colon surgery?

Colon surgery includes any operation on your large intestine, which is sometimes referred to as the colon. The colon is a part of your large intestine, as are the rectum and anus.

Colon surgery is a treatment for a wide range of diseases and disorders that affect this part of your digestive tract. Sometimes, the goal of colon surgery is to prevent colon cancer in people who are at particularly high risk.

What are some types of colon surgery?

At Surgical Care PC, Dr. Windle performs many types of colon surgery, including:

Laparoscopic or open colon resection

Colon resection surgery, also called a partial colectomy, involves removing the diseased part of your colon and reattaching the remaining portions so waste can exit your body.

During open surgery, Dr. Windle accesses the colon through a long incision in your abdomen. A laparoscopic colon resection is a minimally invasive procedure that requires several smaller incisions. Dr. Windle passes a thin, flexible tube with a camera through one of the incisions and inserts surgical instruments through the others.

Robotic laparoscopic colon surgery

This technique is similar to laparoscopic surgery but with the addition of a robotic arm. Dr. Windle controls the robotic arm from a surgical console. Robotic surgery offers unparalleled precision and accuracy.

Single-incision laparoscopic colon surgery

Instead of making multiple small incisions, or ports, this approach to laparoscopic surgery uses one. Having fewer incisions reduces the damage to healthy tissue, decreases the risk of complications, and leads to less postoperative pain.

Other procedures

Dr. Windle also performs proctoscopy exams under anesthesia, hemorrhoidectomies, hemorrhoid banding, sphincterotomies, and procedures for prolapsed hemorrhoids. 

Why would I need colon surgery?

You may be a candidate for colon surgery if you have a medical condition that affects the colon, rectum, or anus, including:

  • Colon cancer
  • Precancerous colon polyps
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures
  • Uncontrolled bleeding in any part of the colon

Dr. Windle carefully evaluates your condition and determines the best approach to treatment for you. He treats every patient like a VIP and makes sure to address all of your questions and concerns.

For advanced expertise in colon surgery, call Surgical Care PC, or book an appointment online today.