Colon Conditions And Procedures
The colon is part of the large intestine and is the last part of the digestive system. It is responsible for carrying waste out of the body. Both chronic conditions and injuries can affect the colon. The surgeons at Novant Health Charlotte Colon & Rectal Clinic have years of experience diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the colon, including:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease: This term refers to a group of conditions including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis that cause inflammation in the colon. Crohn's disease is a chronic condition that can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever and weight loss. While medication can control most cases, if there is a blockage, infection or excessive bleeding, surgery might be necessary. Click here to read more about Crohn's disease, or click here for more information on ulcerative colitis.
- Diverticulitis: Also called diverticular disease, diverticulitis affects more than half of Americans after the age of 60. Diverticula are pockets that develop in the wall of the colon. Diverticulosis is the term for the presence of the pockets. Diverticulitis occurs if these pockets become inflamed. Diverticulitis can cause abdominal pain, fever or even bleeding from the colon. Diet changes or oral antibiotics can treat mild cases of diverticulitis, while more severe cases must be treated with intravenous antibiotics or surgery. Please click here for more information about diverticulitis.
- Rectal Prolapse: Rectal prolapse occurs when the rectum, or lower end of the colon, protrudes out of the body through the anus. Chlldbirth as well as repeated straining to have bowel movements can result in rectal prolapse. Rectal prolapse can cause bleeding or pain. Traditional or minimally invasive surgery can correct rectal prolapse. For more information about the diagnosis and treatment of rectal prolapse, please click here.
To learn more about the diagnosis of or treatment options for any of the disorders above, please call our office at 704-333-1259.