Colon Surgery Specialist

Andrew J. Rochman, MD -  - General Surgery

Andrew J. Rochman, MD

General Surgery & Phlebology located in Plainview, NY

If you have cancer or another disease that affects the health of your colon, you may need colon surgery. As a board-certified surgeon, Andrew J. Rochman, MD, offers comprehensive surgical care for colon conditions at his practice in Plainview, New York. He focuses on minimally invasive techniques to repair or remove your colon to limit trauma to your body. Minimally invasive colon surgery helps you recover faster and get back to your usual activities as soon as possible. Learn more about options for colon surgery by calling the office today or by booking an appointment online.

Colon Surgery Q & A

Why do I need colon surgery?

Colon surgery is often necessary to treat cancer of the colon or other underlying medical issues, like inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis. You may also need colon surgery to address a blockage in your bowel or repair damage caused by infection.

After a careful review of your overall health and existing condition, Dr. Rochman may recommend other treatments before suggesting colon surgery.

What’s involved in colon surgery?

Depending on the reason for your colon surgery, Dr. Rochman creates a custom treatment plan that focuses on relieving your symptoms and preventing additional colon-related complications.

If your treatment is for colon cancer, Dr. Rochman uses minimally invasive techniques that require only small incisions to remove cancerous or precancerous cells. Surgery may also be useful in determining the stage of your cancer.

If you have chronic colon disease that requires the removal of part or all of your colon, Dr. Rochman performs a colectomy. Following a colectomy, Dr. Rochman may need to perform an additional procedure to reconnect the intestine to the remaining part of your colon. This helps you regain normal bowel function.

If this reconnection isn’t possible, Dr. Rochman performs a colostomy procedure, where he makes an opening in your abdomen. Through this opening, your colon empties into a bag. 

In some cases, a colostomy bag is permanent, but some people may only need this temporarily to allow the intestines to heal on their own.

Dr. Rochman ensures you know how to care for the abdominal opening to prevent infection and other health complications.

How long does it take to heal from colon surgery?

If Dr. Rochman is able to perform the surgery using minimally invasive techniques, you can expect to heal faster than you might from traditional, open surgery.

You may even be able to go home soon after colon surgery to start your recovery, as minimally invasive surgery only requires small incisions to access the colon. This ensures your recovery is faster and your risk for scars is minimal.

If you need a diagnosis or treatment for colon cancer or another colon-related disease, schedule a colon surgery consultation with Andrew J. Rochman, MD, today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.