At first, colorectal conditions may seem embarrassing, but they’re not. In fact, they’re commonplace and often easily treated. We understand the sensitive nature of these disorders. So, Bon Secours Virginia’s staff not only provides first-class medical treatment care for them but also shows a special sensitivity with every patient.
As its name suggests, colorectal surgery treats conditions of the colon. This is a six-foot-long section of the digestive tract. It absorbs fluid and moves undigested food particles from the small intestine to the rectum -- a muscular tube that stores waste before excreting it from the body via the anus. Certain colorectal conditions are more prevalent in women, and gynecologic health is intimately related.
As a young woman, many opportunities lie before you. Maybe you’re starting a new career or traveling the world. Perhaps you want to start a family. Pregnancy and childbirth, although exciting milestones, sometimes increase the risk for colorectal complaints, like hemorrhoids -- swollen blood vessels in the lower part of the rectum or anus. During vaginal childbirth, some women experience sphincter injuries, which we treat in the post-partum period.
During your life, you may find yourself managing an inflammatory bowel disease, like ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. Or, you may deal with fecal incontinence, constipation, and rectocele, a bulging of the rectum’s front wall into the vagina. We can provide therapy for these and other conditions with various surgical techniques, including minimally invasive laparoscopy. Minimally invasive procedures are often preferred, as they can reduce pain, complication and infection rates, and hospital stay.
Endometriosis often occurs in young women. This condition occurs when the endometrial tissue that normally lines the uterus grows in other body areas. The disorder can cause pain, irregular periods, and sometimes infertility. At Bon Secours Virginia, we can provide treatment and counseling for this condition and, if needed, collaborate with your gynecology colleagues on your care.
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