Gastrointestinal surgery is a treatment performed on the body’s digestive system, which includes the rectum, large intestine, small intestine, stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, liver, and esophagus. General Surgeons may recommend GI surgery for the treatment of damaged parts or to remove cancerous or noncancerous growth in the GI tract. In some cases, minor surgical procedures are performed on the GI tract to diagnose and screen problems of the digestive tract. The DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery in Dallas provide gastrointestinal surgery in Dallas, Fort Worth, and other areas in Texas. Let’s look at some of the most common conditions that can be treated through GI Surgery.
#1 Gastrointestinal Cancers
GI surgery can be performed to remove cancerous tumors in the digestive tract. During the surgery, the general surgeon removes the tumor and parts of the digestive system that have the tumor growth. This ensures that the tumor will not regrow. The following are some of the gastrointestinal cancers that can be removed through GI surgery:
- Pancreatic cancer
- Liver cancer/disease
- Esophageal cancer
- Gallbladder cancer
- Colon cancer
#2 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is a condition that occurs when stomach acid backs up into the food pipe (esophagus), causing heartburn. In some cases, a hiatal hernia is the main reason behind GERD. With a hiatal hernia, the stomach pushes through the diaphragm, causing immense pain. The diaphragm is a muscle that isolates the abdominal cavity from the chest region. A procedure called fundoplication is carried out to fix the condition, this keeps the acid out by strengthening the sphincter. This is achieved by wrapping the top of the stomach around the bottom of the esophagus.
#3 Weight Loss
Doctors usually advise obese people to undergo bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass. It is the last resort when medications, nutrition, and exercise fail to deliver the desired results. The surgery is performed by a bariatric surgery specialist. DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery gives you easy access to some of the best Weight Loss Surgeons in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX.
#4 Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Crohn’s disease of inflammatory bowel disease is an auto-immune disease that attacks the intestines, causing immense pain and inflammation. The pain can be so severe that patients will require hospitalization. If not treated early, it can damage the intestine. A procedure called bowel resection is sometimes performed during which surgeons get rid of the damaged parts and reconnect the healthy ones.
#5 Diverticular Disease
Diverticular disease is the formation of a small pocket or pouch in the colon, the cause of which is not yet known. This condition can lead to diverticulitis, whereby the pouch gets inflamed and causes pain. In other cases, patients may experience rectal bleeding. While surgery is not always necessary, some cases call for a bowel resection to get rid of the affected parts of the intestine.
If you experience any kind of discomfort in your digestive system, you should immediately consult with your doctor. Early diagnosis is always beneficial. Our general surgeons in Dallas can discuss your case and help you determine if you are the right candidate for gastrointestinal surgery. To know more about available surgical treatments for your condition, get in touch with DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery in Dallas at 469-620-0222 or email us at [email protected].