Colorectal Disease Treatment Specialist Q&A

Colorectal Disease Treatment Specialist Q&A

At Woodlands Colon and Rectal Associates, our experienced doctors can evaluate, diagnose and provide appropriate treatment based on the evidence they get from examination. Call us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 920 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 330 The Woodlands, TX 77380.

Colorectal Disease Treatment Specialist Near Me in The Woodlands, TX
Colorectal Disease Treatment Specialist Near Me in The Woodlands, TX

Table of Contents:

What is colorectal disease?
How is colorectal disease treated?
What are the symptoms of colorectal disease? 

At The Woodlands Colon and Rectal Associates, our specialists are trained to manage the entire spectrum of benign and malignant colorectal diseases.

We use minimally invasive approaches in the surgical management of colorectal diseases specifically laparoscopic colon resections and transanal minimally invasive surgery. For patients with low rectal cancer, we offer sphincter sparing rectal surgery when appropriate

What is colorectal disease?


Colorectal disease is used to describe the many digestive conditions that commonly affect the colon and rectum of our patients. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. Symptoms can often be replicated of other conditions which can make it quite difficult to diagnose. This is why it is important to understand colorectal disease and the role your colon plays within the digestive system so you can better understand the many various types of colorectal diseases.

To diagnose colorectal disease, we use the latest technology and testing methods with minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. This helps diagnose all types of colorectal diseases. One of the most common diagnostic tests that are commonly used is a colonoscopy. Many of our patients are uncomfortable about the idea of going through a procedure like a colonoscopy; however, the entire exam is done in less than an hour and the complications are quite rare.

Colonoscopies allow our doctor to investigate the lining of your colon which is one of the top ways to screen for colorectal cancer as well as any other diseases.

How is colorectal disease treated?


Detecting and treating colorectal diseases early on can significantly improve the outcome and survival rate of the patients dealing with it. It is important to see a colorectal disease specialist like ours at The Woodlands Colon and Rectal Associates, as they provide advanced training and knowledge with the colon and rectal conditions.

Treatments for colorectal disease will vary depending on the severity of your symptoms and overall health. Our doctors suggest one treatment or a combination of treatments to manage the various symptoms and to help you feel more comfortable.

Possible treatments available for colorectal disease include:

Lifestyle changes
Lifestyle changes may include changes to your diet and exercise as well as stress management which can also play a part in easing your symptoms of colorectal disease.

Medications
There are a few different medications that can be prescribed to our patients to treat colorectal disease. It will depend on your allergies, and other medical issues on which medication your doctor will prescribe.

Surgery
Surgery may be an option for treatment, as colectomy or colostomy may be necessary to treat the colorectal disease.

What are the symptoms of colorectal disease? 


Colorectal disease symptoms can often share the same symptoms as other conditions, some common signs and symptoms of colorectal conditions may include:

Rectal bleeding
If you see blood located on your underwear, or in the toilet after a bowel movement, this is one sign that you need to talk to a healthcare provider.

Blood in your stool
Blood in your stool can make the stool appear black, or it can show up as red streaks within your stool.

Abdominal pain
If you have a large polyp, it can obstruct your bowel which can in turn cause cramping and constipation.

Constipation or diarrhea that is ongoing
Ongoing constipation or diarrhea that lasts over a week can also be an indication of colorectal disease.

The Woodlands Colon and Rectal Associates have specialists that are trained with extensive knowledge to manage the entire spectrum of benign and malignant colorectal diseases and conditions. We serve patients from The Woodlands TX, Shenandoah TX, Conroe TX, Tomball TX, Magnolia TX, Cypress TX, Montgomery TX, Cleveland TX, Houston TX, Kingwood TX, and Humble TX, and beyond. The Woodlands Colon and Rectal Associates use minimally invasive approaches to colorectal disease treatments.