When you choose Virginia Hospital Center, you gain access to advanced care for colorectal surgery—including minimally invasive approaches that speed your recovery. Trust our caring team for the personalized treatment you need to feel more like yourself again.
Minimally invasive abdominal, colon and rectal procedures are new techniques that use small incisions. The benefits include decreased bleeding, reduced hospital stays and shortened recovery time for patients. The surgical consult will determine if you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery or may require open surgery.
Your colorectal surgeon may recommend:
- Anal abscess treatment – Drains a swollen, pus-filled area to ease pain and decrease the risk of anal fistula (unusual opening in the skin)
- Anoscopy – Offers a high-resolution look at the anal canal
- Colectomy – Removes all or part of the colon, or large intestine
- Low anterior resection – Removes the rectum to treat cancer
- Rectal tumors – Removal in an outpatient procedure that uses no incisions
- Rectopexy – Returns a prolapsed (slipped) rectum to its normal position
- Small bowel resection – Removes part of the small intestine
- Thrombosed hemorrhoid removal – Treats a painful, swollen lump with a blood clot around the anus
- Transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization – Cuts off a hemorrhoid’s blood source to shrink the hemorrhoid in a procedure using no incisions
- Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery -- During this procedure, a long operating scope with a microscope is introduced through the anus. Long instruments are used to excise the rectal tumor and close the defect. Generally, this is painless and is performed as an outpatient procedure or an overnight observation.
Less Invasive Care
Whenever possible, your surgeon will use a minimally invasive (laparoscopic) technique that requires small or no incisions. Compared to open surgery, minimally invasive approaches reduce your:
- Recovery time
- Risk of complications
- Scars after surgery
You have access to more minimally invasive colorectal procedures at Virginia Hospital Center than at many other regional hospitals. That’s because of our surgeons’ training in using a surgical robot, whose arms can bend further and move more precisely than human hands. This technology makes it possible to perform some colorectal procedures in a less invasive way.
Improving Your Recovery
Trust our surgical team to take careful steps to improve your outcome. Colorectal surgeons, nurses and anesthesia specialists follow enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) measures, including:
- Educating you and your family before treatment
- Using the right type of pain medication for your needs and procedure
- Helping you get moving and eating again as early as possible after surgery
- Providing clear instructions for caring for yourself at home
- Scheduling follow-up appointments to check on your health
You’ll also receive a phone call, likely the day after you leave the hospital, to ask about your surgical experience so we can improve our care.
Following your surgery, you will need to give your body time to heal. Our medical team will discuss the recovery period with you. You will need to follow a liquid diet until your bowel function returns to normal, restrict certain activities that place strain on your abdomen, including lifting, and avoid coughing and straining during bowel movements. Complete recovery takes about four to six weeks.