Minimally Invasive Treatments
Colon and Rectal Resections
Resection of the colon and rectum in a minimally invasive fashion is a procedure which removes diseased parts of the colon through tiny incisions using either laparoscopy or robotics, through 1 small incision, or 3-5 small incisions. Center surgeons use these techniques to treat colon cancer, rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis, crohns disease, diverticulitis, polyps, and other diseases. The procedure can also be done through a laparotomy, i.e. open surgery. Your center surgeon will determine the proper techniques appropriate for your situation.
Transanal Endomicroscopic Microsurgery
Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) is a minimally invasive surgical technique which allows doctors to operate in the mid and upper rectum by inserting the TEM scope through the anus. This makes it possible to excision portions of the rectum while avoiding abdominal incisions. TEM allows surgeons to remove pre-cancerous or early-stage cancerous tissues from the wall of the rectum. TEM is most often used for the removal of large rectal polyps. Center physicians have been pioneers in developing TEM, and have been perfecting their techniques for years, giving our patients the benefit of their experience.
Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization
We evaluate that hemorrhoid complex carefully and provide a full range of treatment options including Standard hemorrhoidectomy, banding, stapled hemorrhoidectomy and newer options such as transanal hemorrhoid detarterialization or THD. The choice of procedure is individualized to provide the best and least painful method of gaining long term relief for each patients particular problems.
Center physicians maintain the greatest volume of THD procedures in the Washington region. THD is a minimally invasive procedure that uses Doppler technology to locate the arteries supplying the hemorrhoids with blood, which our doctor will then tie off and stitch into place. THD offers an effective, but far less painful solution for the treatment of hemorrhoids.lh