Colorectal Surgery in Asheville, North Carolina
Precise, minimally invasive colorectal surgery can restore your daily comfort… and save your life.
The colon (large intestine) and rectum can be afflicted by a wide range of diseases — many of them chronic and painful. Also, colorectal cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, and if it isn’t caught early, it’s also one of the most fatal. This makes proper and prompt colorectal care incredibly important to maintaining your well-being. Here are some common symptoms of colorectal disease:
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Blood in stool
- Narrow stools
Colonoscopies are a crucial tool for monitoring your colorectal health.
Our primary device for investigating the colorectal pathway, a colonoscope, is a lighted camera attached to a long, thin tube. In addition to being a diagnostic tool, it’s also an instrument for removing growths (called polyps) from the interior of your colon. A trusted specialist will then examine these polyps under a microscope to determine whether or not they’re cancerous.
Prevent colorectal cancer with an on-time colonoscopy.
Everybody should have a colonoscopy by the time they reach age 50, and those with a family history of colon cancer or polyps should be screened at age 40 or younger (depending on the age of the diagnosed relative). During your colonoscopy, you will be completely sedated to maximize your comfort. It’s important that you follow Dr. Jerimiah Mason’s instructions prior to your colonoscopy. Improper preparation can interfere with Dr. Mason’s ability to perform your colonoscopy, and we may have to redo the procedure.
Surgical Specialists of Carolina offers minimally invasive colorectal procedures for a better surgical experience.
While minimally invasive colorectal surgery is sought after, it isn’t easy to find in Hendersonville. But Dr. Mason has the necessary expertise and skill to do it. Substantially reducing your pain and recovery time, these procedures can repair your colorectal pathway without anything more than a few small incisions. They include:
- Colectomy – Also called a colon resection, Dr. Mason will remove diseased sections of your colon while preserving your natural digestive tract.
- Colostomy – If a significant portion of your colon needs to be removed, or it needs time to heal, Dr. Mason will attach your colon to an external bag designed for waste capture.
- Rectopexy – Generally due to multiple child births, the rectum can become loosened and slip through the anus. Dr. Mason will provide new support to the rectum in order to hold it in place.
For more information on our colorectal procedures, or to schedule an appointment, call 828-585-2575. You can also request an appointment using our easy online form.