About Laproscopic Colon Surgery (Colonectomy)
Each year, more than 600,000 surgical procedures are performed in the United States to treat a number of colon diseases. There are a variety of conditions that require our Chesapeake patients to seek colon surgery (also known as colectomy) consultations at Chesapeake Vein Center & MedSpa. These include diverticulitis, colon cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, rectal prolapse and colorectal cancer.Board-certified surgeon Dr. Surya Challa utilizes minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques for colon surgery. These techniques require significant skill and a high level of training. Chesapeake Regional Medical Center offers advanced, state-of-the-art operating suites for these types of procedures. During laparoscopic colon surgery, Dr. Challa operates typically via three to five small openings (each about a quarter of an inch in size) while watching an enlarged image of the patient’s internal organs on a television monitor for greater precision. One of the incisions is typically enlarged to allow for hand assistance and/or specimen removal.
Unlike traditional “open” colon surgery which requires extensive incisions as well as a lengthy hospital stay, safe and effective laparoscopic colon surgery in Chesapeake poses less post-operative discomfort, a shorter recovery, less scarring and more.
FAQ: Colon Surgery in Chesapeake, VA
Is this procedure performed under general anesthesia?
Yes. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
How long does laparoscopic colon surgery procedure take?
This depends upon the type of colon surgery you are undergoing. The length of a colon cancer surgery and the length of surgical treatment for diverticulitis, for instance, vary. Other variations mostly depend on the location of the portion of the colon to be removed and other patient factors. Most of our colon surgeries do not exceed 3 hours.
Is there a scar following colon surgery?
There will be a scar following your colon surgery. At Chesapeake Vein Center & MedSpa we offer minimally invasive techniques to reduce minimize scarring.
How long until I can resume my normal activities?
Our Chesapeake patients typically resume their normal activities and daily routine in one to two weeks. More strenuous activities like exercise must wait to be resumed until three to four weeks following surgery.
How many colon surgeries has Dr. Challa performed?
Dr. Challa has performed more than 250 colon surgeries.
What regions of Virginia does Chesapeake Vein Center & MedSpa serve?
Chesapeake Vein Center & MedSpa in Hampton Roads is convenient to Norfolk County and Virginia Beach area patients.
Is a hospital stay required?
Yes, typically a hospital stay of between 3-8 days is required. A minority of patients require significantly longer hospital stay, depending on their circumstances.
What makes Chesapeake Vein Center and MedSpa different?
Dr. Challa rigorously reviews all medical protocols at Chesapeake Vein Center and MedSpa prior to application. An advantage of having a surgeon such as Dr. Challa actively practicing at the same site is the higher standard that medical offices typically adhere to. You can be assured that these practices are safe, effective and tested.
Is Dr. Surya Challa actively practicing in Chesapeake, Virginia?
Yes! Dr. Challa actively sees and treats patients at Chesapeake Vein Center and MedSpa. This means that our office adheres to a higher standard of care, equal to that of medical offices. Other medical spas are often ‘overseen’ by a medical director, or may be simply ‘associated’ with a medical director; neither of these situations carries any guarantee that the medical director even practices out of that location.