The colon (also known as the large intestine) is the final organ in the digestive process that prepares waste for elimination from the body. When a disease or medical condition affects the colon, patients can suffer many painful symptoms, like rectal bleeding, stomach pain, vomiting, and more. The full or partial removal of the colon may be needed to treat colon diseases including uncontrolled bleeding in the colon, bowel obstruction, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or diverticulitis. At Arizona Premier Surgery, patients can have a minimally invasive laparoscopic colectomy to effectively treat colorectal diseases with a:
- Total Colectomy – removes the entire colon
- Partial (Subtotal) Colectomy – removes part of the colon
- Hemicolectomy – removes the right or left section of the colon
- Proctocolectomy (Abdominal Perineal Resection) – removes the colon and rectum
"Dr. Albert Amini is a total rockstar. He's the most impressive surgeon I've ever interacted with, hands down. Not only does he have a tremendous surgical record, he listens attentively and has the rare gift of being able to condense complex information into explanations that even we laypeople can digest.He was carefully deliberate and considerate even for my simple, routine surgery (appendectomy), so I cannot recommend him highly enough, if you or a loved one is ever in a complicated scenario requiring a thoughtful doctor who will be attentive and willing to take time to really *hear* you and establish a plan of action WITH you. The peace of mind he will give you will be well worth the trip to Arizona!"- T.B. / Yelp / Jan 05, 2018
"Dr. Amini is GREAT. I was in California last year on vacation and my Gallbladder blew. I had to get off Catalina Island and was sent to UCI Irvine where they did surgery New Years Eve. The surgeon told me after that she could not do it laparoscopically because of adhesions and so it was an open surgery. Even then she said she could only take part of the gallbladder as it was too infected to do much else. I had to have an ERCP the next day due to a bile leak they had to put a stent in. I kept having troubles after I was released and sent back home. My husband found Dr Amini because of his specialty. I was told in California they took most of the gallbladder but every CT scan that was done here showed a full gallbladder. I don't think they did anything but drain it. Dr. Amini took my case was very patient with me and when he did the surgery, he did it laparoscopically with 3 small incisions. He took down all the adhesions from my previous messed up surgery with Mayo and now UCI. Then he removed the gallbladder totally. He said i was 90% in tact. I am so happy surgery was a complete success and I am 2 weeks post op and I feel great have been walking 5 miles a day and ready to start playing tennis. You would be lucky to have a surgeon like Dr. Amini. He knows his stuff!!"- S.M. / Yelp / Dec 14, 2017
"This review is for Dr. Bianca Vazquez. I would give a million stars if that were an option! She is the endocrinology specialist and I just had my follow-up with her after she removed my thryroid 16 days ago. First of all, she is an incredibly talented and skilled surgeon. My steri-strips were removed today and my scarring is so minimal it's almost shocking that the procedure was done 16 days ago! My favorite thing about her is her bedside manner. She was so good about taking plenty of time to explain EVERYTHING including different options for treatment, post care, follow up and even diet advice! She's the epitome of the "new school" of doctors which emphasizes the importance of patients' input and participation in their own care. It's like you make the decisions together. The Scottsdale office is beautiful and Dr. Vazquez and the staff provide a warm and welcoming environment. I just love how personable she is and I feel like I not only found an incredibly knowledgeable and skilled surgeon but that I have made a new friend. Look no further if you need endocrinology surgery! She's the BEST!!!"- Z.K. / Yelp / Dec 07, 2017
"I was referred to Dr Vazquez by my Endocrinologist because of the fast growing nodules on my thyroid. Knowing she worked at Mayo Clinic, I had a really good feeling going in. We first met her at the consultation & were immediately impressed with the thorough information she gave us. She made sure we did not have any further questions regarding surgery before letting us go. It was really nice to have an option as to where the surgery would take place. She came to see me in pre-op right before surgery to let my family know how long to expect the surgery to be & ensure we had no further questions. My scar from surgery is barely visible. So much so, that when I went for post-surgery, her nurse had to do a double take. Not only a terrific surgeon, this lady has drive & thrives to be above & beyond any expectations of her patients. We definitely need more doctors like Dr Vazquez!!! Terrific lady!!!"- N.W. / Google / Dec 04, 2017
"I met Dr. Amini when I was told I had to have my appendix removed that same night in the ER when I went in for abdominal pain. His bed side manner, patience and explaining the whole surgery and answering all questions my mom and I had was beyond excellent. My surgery went very well with no complications. He is extremely thorough. After seeing him in his office after surgery my opinion of him still stands. He's an amazing surgeon, very kind, assuring, compassionate and his patient care is outstanding. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need! Thank you Dr. Amini for taking such great care of me!"- A.M. / Google / Nov 20, 2017
Common Reasons for Surgery
Bleeding in the colon may be caused by colon cancer, colon polyps, ulcerative colitis, and other colorectal diseases. If the bleeding cannot be controlled with nonsurgical methods, a full or partial colectomy may be performed.
If nonsurgical treatments are not effective or the situation requires emergency care, a blocked colon may be fixed with a total or partial colectomy.
One of the options for treating colon cancer is a colectomy. Early-stage colon cancer may only require a small portion of the colon to be removed, while later stages may require most or all of the colon be removed.
Crohn's disease is an advanced form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can cause many painful, long-term symptoms. Since there is currently no cure for Crohn's disease, one of the treatment options is the full or partial removal of the colon.
Ulcerative colitis is another advanced form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that creates chronic inflammation and ulcers. If nonsurgical treatments are not successful or providing enough relief, a colectomy may be suggested.
Diverticulitis is an inflamed or infected bulge that has formed in the lining of the colon. Mild cases may be treated with medication or lifestyle changes, but severe or recurring cases of diverticulitis may be best treated with a full or partial colectomy.
A colectomy may be performed to prevent larger problems including patients who have a high risk of developing colon cancer. This may include patients who have multiple precancerous polyps that have formed in the colon, genetic conditions like Lynch syndrome or familial adenomatous polyposis.
About Lap Colectomy
If a full or partial colectomy is chosen to treat a colorectal disease or condition, surgery will be scheduled at our office or an accredited surgical facility and the patient will be given a list of pre-operative instructions. Colon removal surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia as thin tubes are threaded through 3 – 5 small incisions in the stomach. Using the telescope on the end of one of the tubes, the surgeon will begin to remove the necessary parts of the colon. If needed, the intestines will be re-routed to skip the colon during the digestive process. Once the surgery is complete, the incisions will be closed and the patient will be taken to the recovery area.
What to Expect
A colectomy is usually performed in about 2 hours as an inpatient surgery. Once released from the facility, patients typically need about 3 – 4 weeks for recovery before they can return to work and normal activities. Patients may be given prescriptions for pain or constipation that should be filled before their surgery to make their recovery easier. Patients should schedule a follow up appointment with their surgeon about 4 – 6 weeks after their surgery to check healing progress and discuss adding more strenuous activities.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 3 - 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4 - 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Remove Your Pain
If you have tried lifestyle modifications and medication to control your colorectal disease or condition, but are still suffering pain or symptoms, schedule a consultation to learn about laparoscopic colectomy at Arizona Premier Surgery. You have options for minimally invasive full or partial colon removal to treat or prevent conditions with an easier recovery than traditional open surgery.