When Torrance, California and San Pedro, CA residents have growths in their colon or anywhere in the rectal area, prompt removal of these growths prevents cancer and allows the patient to improve their colorectal health. The surgeons at the Association of South Bay Surgeons are ready to help.
Colorectal surgery is often needed in patients who have growths in their colon or rectum. Removal of those growths helps prevent colorectal cancer. Even if a patient already has a cancerous growth, surgical removal of the growth is typically the most effective way to treat the condition and prevent it from spreading. There may be situations where it's uncertain whether the growth is cancerous until it's removed, so prompt removal and analysis is vital.
The colon, also known as the large intestine, is a 4-6 foot long tube that sits at the bottom of the digestive tract. The lowest 6 inches of the colon are the rectum. The semi-liquid food waste from the small intestine travels directly into the colon. It becomes more solid as it moves into the rectum. Once in the rectum, the waste is stored until the next bowel movement.
During colorectal surgery, a portion or all of the colon and rectum are removed. There are 2 different surgical techniques used for colorectal surgery today: laparoscopic surgery and open surgery. In laparoscopic colorectal surgery, several very small incisions are created within the abdomen. Specialized surgical instruments are then placed in these incisions to perform the necessary removals. In open colorectal surgery, the doctor makes a larger incision in the abdomen to allow access to the colon. Open surgery is more invasive and requires more recovery time, so laparoscopic surgery is the treatment of choice when the patient is a good candidate.
After the surgery, patients stay in the hospital for up to 5-10 days to recover. Pain medication keeps pain under control. Most patients have IV fluids for a few days post-surgery. It's highly encouraged for patients to start moving around as soon as they're able after surgery. This aids in blood flow and helps prevent clotting. Movement also helps the bowels return to full function more quickly. In the time immediately after surgery, patients consume a liquid diet. Patients can resume driving once they're no longer taking pain medicine, and usually fully resume normal activity within 1-2 months. The doctor specifies further instructions to help patients recover in the best way possible.
"The best bedside manner I have ever encountered in a physician. He made a very scary surgery a good experience..."
"An excellent doctor and surgeon with wonderful people skills. She is extremely personable and makes you feel very comfortable..."
"I don't like surgery, but he made me feel comfortable, I really trust him. He was very patient and most Doctors don't understand how important patience is."
"Everyone in the office was very professional, and very nice to all the patients coming in."
"A very down to earth doctor. I feel that I can trust what he tells me which is also told in such a way that I can understand..."
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"During a very stressful time, the Dr. was thorough and calming. I felt very confident going into surgery that I had made the right decision on the doctor..."
"Good attitude, helpful, explained diagnosis simply and thoroughly. I really did appreciate the call on a Friday evening at home to discuss my options..."
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"One of the best and most caring doctors, I've ever met. When I come to see the Dr., I know I'm in good hands, and I have complete trust in him..."
"I felt very confident about my decision to plan my surgery with this Physician. I did extensive research on my type of surgery, issues and options..."
"Dr Friedlander is such a great surgeon. She has the perfect combo of being a skilled surgeon and also being a very decent human being. She was totally present to me..."
"Good doctor, and very nice. She is a busy and in-demand surgeon, so even though I've been kept waiting a couple of times, it's been for good reason."
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"I have to say he has been great. Since the beginning of my journey he has been there to answer questions and any concerns I had."
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"She is truly amazing, her spirit will take all your fears away and you will be relieved from the moment you meet her. She's truly an outstanding Doctor..."
"I went to Dr. Ali-jones for a double mastectomy. She was very knowledgeable, professional, and her bedside manner exuded compassion and understanding..."
"Dr. Bhayani perform colon cancer surgery on my wife. I am a pastor and deal with lots of medical people. Dr. Bhayani was outstanding, competent..."
"He explained in specific detail what a liver resection procedure was. I like that he didn't sugar coat things but his caring attitude made me feel at ease..."