Colon Surgery

Michael Todd Wood, MD, FACS

Board Certified General Surgeon located in Houston, TX & Sugar Land, TX

Michael Todd Wood, MD, is a board-certified surgeon with extensive skill and experience in various colon surgeries, including treatment for colon cancer and diverticulitis. Dr. Wood has three locations for your convenience, two in Sugar Land, Texas, and a third in Houston. His patients have come to rely on Dr. Wood’s commitment to providing a warm and caring, patient-focused environment in each of these locations. Schedule an appointment today by calling the office of your choice or booking your visit online.

Colon Surgery Q & A

Why would I need colon surgery?

Surgery is often the best, and sometimes the only treatment option for issues such as:

  • Colon cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Bowel injury or obstruction

Colon surgery often includes removing the diseased, damaged, or infected portion of the colon and reconstructing the remaining healthy tissue so that normal bowel function returns following surgery.

You may also hear colon surgery referred to as colorectal surgery. The rectum is the last portion of your colon and may develop cancerous lesions or polyps that require surgical removal.

What kinds of surgery are available for colon cancer?

Colon polyps that are cancerous generally respond very well to removal with a polypectomy done during a colonoscopy. Polyps often grow on a stalk arising from the tissue lining the colon. During a typical polypectomy, a wire loop with a mild electrical current is used to remove the suspicious tissue at its base.

More advanced colon cancer requires the removal of the diseased portion of the colon. Dr. Wood then sutures the healthy edges of the colon together. Also known as a colectomy, this surgery may be performed laparoscopically or as an open or traditional procedure. Dr. Wood discusses your options regarding laparoscopic versus open surgery before scheduling the procedure.

What is diverticulitis?

Diverticula are small pouches or pockets that can develop in the lining of the colon. Diverticulitis occurs when these pockets become inflamed and infected. Surgery may be necessary to remove these pockets, which stops abscesses from forming and relieves the unrelenting pain that is sometimes associated with diverticulitis.

Schedule an appointment with Michael Todd Wood, MD, today for further evaluation and discussion regarding your options for colon surgery. Call the office of your choice or book your visit online.