Midlands Clinic provides outstanding treatment for colorectal problems, including colon polyps, diverticulitis and colon cancer. Our team of surgeons uses advanced techniques, including minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, to diagnose colorectal cancer and perform colon cancer surgery.
We are known throughout Sioux City, and surrounding communities, for providing skilled and compassionate care of the highest standard. If you or a loved one have been recently diagnosed with colon cancer, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons as soon as possible.
About the colon
The colon, or large intestine, is the tube-like organ at the end of the digestive tract. It is lined with muscles that move waste from the small intestine to the rectum, where stool is eliminated. The colon also absorbs fluids and nutrients from digested food. Getting enough fiber, water, and exercise is essential to maintaining a healthy colon and promoting regularity.
According to the National Cancer Institute, colon cancer (cancer that begins in the colon or rectum, or colorectal cancer) is the fourth most common cancer in both men and women. A cancerous growth can also begin as a non-malignant polyp, so people with colon polyps should have the polyps removed and have regular check-ups to monitor development of new growths.
A colon polyp is a small clump of cells that forms on the colon. Polyps can be anywhere from pea-size to golf ball-size. While this cell growth is abnormal, polyps are not usually cancerous. However, since a polyp can become cancerous if it is not removed, timely treatment is essential.
Diverticulosis is a condition in which small pouches (diverticula) form on the colon wall. Diverticula are caused by pressure that builds when the colon muscles have to squeeze too hard to expel waste. Symptoms may include bloating, mild cramping, constipation, diarrhea, urgency, or, in rare cases, rectal bleeding.
Diverticulitis results when pouches formed in diverticulosis become infected or inflamed. This infection can cause the diverticula to swell or burst and may produce symptoms such as pain, fever, chills, and, in severe cases, infection of the abdominal cavity (peritonitis). Diverticulitis is more painful and serious than diverticulosis.
Treatment for Colon Cancer
Patients who are diagnosed with colon cancer can expect to receive compassionate, meticulous care at Midlands Clinic. We sometimes use advanced laparoscopic surgery techniques to perform colon cancer surgery. While surgery is usually the most effective way to remove cancerous parts of the colon, treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation may be needed to treat cancer that has spread beyond the colon.