Especially if you are over 40, small bulges may be forming in the lining of your digestive system. They seldom cause problems; but if the bulges become inflamed or infected (a condition known as diverticulitis) you may experience severe abdominal pain, fever, and other digestive ailments. Most cases can be treated with rest, dietary changes, and antibiotics. However, when severe or recurring bouts of diverticulitis occur, the digestive surgery specialists at Puyallup Surgical Consultants are ready to help.
Many common digestive conditions can lead to bowel obstructions over time. Leaving them untreated can cause very serious health risks, especially if the obstructed tissue dies. But with prompt surgical care, obstructions can be successfully treated with methods far less invasive than what could become necessary if left unchecked.
There is no such thing as an unconcerning cancer diagnosis. But, in the case of colon cancer, if your tumors are small, and detected early, our surgeons may be able to remove them completely during a procedure similar to routine colonoscopy. If that is not an option, you may be a good candidate for an endoscopic or laparoscopic procedure before resorting to more invasive methods.
Hemorrhoids are painful and they can usually be addressed by over-the-counter treatments and lifestyle changes. However, if your condition merits a hemorrhoidectomy our surgeons offer techniques to provide you relief in a discreet, comfortable, and supportive environment. Usually hemorrhoids can be treated on an outpatient basis.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease. GERD occurs when acid flows from the stomach back into your esophagus. This backwash, commonly known as reflux, irritates the lining of your esophagus causing the common condition known as heartburn but when heartburn and reflux symptoms occur more than twice per week or start interfering with daily life, you may be diagnosed with GERD.
Everyone experiences heartburn and acid reflux from time to time, but if these problems are disrupting your daily life or affecting you more than twice per week, you may have GERD. GERD can be resolved with surgical intervention, and the surgeons at Puyallup Surgical Consultants offer both a routine laparoscopic procedures, as well as the option to install an innovative LINX device to help restore your health.
You have 1 in 20 odds of developing appendicitis during your lifetime. Appendicitis almost always requires an appendectomy, or prompt surgical removal of the appendix to restore health. No one knows exactly why we live with an appendix, but when the need arises Puyallup Surgical Consultants will swiftly help you live without one.
Puyallup Surgical Consultants doctors perform appendectomies laparoscopically, and through traditional open appendectomy techniques. You and your doctor will determine what the best approach is for your medical needs at the time of surgery.
Our surgeons are careful to use the most conservative techniques for your condition and leave you with minimal scarring. After surgery, recovery time for appendectomies typically range from two to four weeks depending on the type of surgery required and the state of your health
If you would like to request one of our doctors for digestive health concerns, please call us.
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