The digestive tract begins at the mouth and ends at the anus. The lower portions of the digestive tract include the small Intestine, appendix, large intestine (or colon), and rectum. The rectum connects to the anus. Various conditions may develop over your lifetime, some due to lifestyle/diet, infection, genetics or chronic disease. These conditions include:
- Colon cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis)
- Perforated colon
- Pilonidal disease
You doctor might refer you to a surgeon once your condition becomes more advanced, you no longer receive relief from conservative treatment, or for prevention and treatment of cancer. Dr. Bahna and Dr. Ray are fellowship-trained colorectal surgeons with expertise in traditional, minimally invasive, transanal, and robotic surgical techniques. Our physicians perform a number of procedures to treat conditions of the colon and rectum, including:
- Colon resection
- Rectocele repair
- Colostomy placement and reversal
- Anal fistula surgery
- Removal of polyps and colon tumors
- Sphincter saving surgery for rectal cancer
- Advanced colonoscopy
The surgical plan is created on an individual basis. Our physicians will work with you to determine if surgery is needed, and what surgical approach is best for you.
Comprehensive Cancer Care
We are dedicated to providing state of the art, individualized cancer care plans for our patients. This requires a team approach to address and coordinate all aspects of your treatment and wellness plan. Our practice is integrated with the cancer program at JFK Medical Center. We work collaboratively with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, dietitians, pathologists, geneticists, specialty nursing and community organizations to provide holistic and comprehensive care. Read more information about the services provided at JFK Medical Center.
Treatment Options for Fecal Incontinence
Fecal incontinence, or difficulty controlling bowel function, is something many Americans live with every day. However, research suggests that roughly 9 out of 10 individuals do not mention this issue to their physicians. Treatment options are available to help patients improve bowel control.
Patients may experience difficulty with bowel control for a number of reasons, including:
- Damage to pelvic muscles
- Damage to nerves in the rectum and anus
- Challenges during childbirth
- Long-term constipation or diarrhea
Fortunately, minimally invasive treatment options for fecal incontinence are available for residents of Palm Beach County and surrounding areas. A procedure called sacral neuromodulation can be used to improve bowel control. A small device is implanted in the lower back and delivers signals to the nerves responsible for bowel function. The stimulation helps restore communication between the rectum and the brain, helping to reduce the number of incontinence incidents.
We are committed to helping our patients improve their quality of life, and we are honored to offer procedures that help patients regain confidence and control. Talk to your doctor or call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our colorectal surgeons about treatment options for fecal incontinence or other bowel concerns.