According to the American Cancer Society, “One in 22 men and one in 24 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime.” Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. The good news is that the majority of colorectal cancer deaths can be prevented with screening. In early stages, especially, colorectal cancer is highly treatable.
Dr. Waheeda Mithani partners with patients, primary care physicians, gastroenterologists and oncologists throughout Beaumont and Port Arthur in providing quality surgical care for colorectal cancer and other non-cancerous illnesses of the digestive system.
What Does a Colorectal Surgeon Do?
A colorectal surgeon treats colon cancer as well as other non-cancerous illnesses involving the lower digestive tract. From polyps to diverticular disease to chronic conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal surgeons use minimally invasive procedures to remove growths and repair damaged tissues.
Surgical Care for Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis is one common reason why patients may see a colorectal surgeon. In patients with diverticulitis, small pouches on the lower colon become inflamed or infected. While conservative therapies like rest, dietary changes and antibiotics can be helpful for treating mild cases of diverticulitis, surgery may be necessary for more severe cases, which can cause pain, nausea, fever, constipation, and other symptoms. During surgery, Dr. Mithani resects the diseased segment(s) of the colon and reconnects the healthy segments. In many cases, this bowel resection surgery can be done using a minimally invasive technique.
Conditions Treated in Southeast Texas
As a board-certified general surgeon in the Port Arthur / Beaumont area, Dr. Mithani regularly treats many conditions of the lower digestive tract, including (but not limited to):
- Benign and malignant masses
- Colon cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
Many of the colorectal procedures performed by Dr. Mithani are done using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Minimally invasive (also known as “laparoscopic”) surgery has a number of potential benefits (when compared to traditional open surgery), including:
- Smaller incisions
- Less blood loss
- Less pain
- Lower risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery and return to work
See a Colorectal Surgeon in Port Arthur / Beaumont, TX
To learn more about treatment through colorectal surgery, please contact Mithani MD at (409) 721-5150. You can also schedule your appointment with Dr. Mithani online. Serving patients in Port Arthur and Beaumont, as well as throughout Southeast Texas, including Jefferson County, Nederland, Groves, Port Neches and Bridge City.