Gastroenterology

Preva Surgicare - Imperial Surgery Center

Multi-Specialty Ambulatory Surgery Center located in Houston, TX

Complications involving your digestive system can impede your ability to get the nutrients you need. Gastroenterology procedures and surgeries, available at Preva Surgicare - Imperial Surgery Center in Houston, Texas, can restore or improve your gastrointestinal functioning and treat serious digestive diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and colon cancer. To find out more about gastroenterology surgery, call Preva Surgicare - Imperial Surgery Center, or book an appointment online today.

Gastroenterology Q & A

What is gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is the medical specialty that prioritizes the health of your digestive system or gastrointestinal tract. 

Many diseases can affect your gastrointestinal tract and your ability to digest food. 

The gastroenterology surgery team at Preva Surgicare - Imperial Surgery Center performs surgeries and procedures to restore or improve the function of your digestive system.

Your digestive tract consists of all of the organs from your mouth to your rectum. Every time you eat, the food passes through your esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Your liver, pancreas, and gallbladder also contribute to the process of digestion that occurs in your digestive tract. 

Together, the organs in your digestive system help you break down the foods you eat into their core nutrients, which your body can then absorb and use for cellular functioning. Your digestive system also expels waste products that your body cannot digest and use for energy.


What are some common gastroenterological conditions?

Gastroenterological conditions are health complications affecting your digestive system and its ability to obtain nutrients from food. A few problems for which gastroenterological surgery may be necessary are:

  • Appendicitis
  • Colon cancer
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hernias
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Intestinal growths or polyps
  • Obesity

Preva Surgicare - Imperial Surgery Center performs gastroenterology surgeries safely and often uses minimally invasive techniques. 


When should I book a gastroenterology consultation?

Problems with digestion happen to nearly everyone from time to time, but isolated incidences don’t indicate a gastroenterological disease that needs treatment. 

You should consider booking a consultation with a gastroenterologist if you experience:

  • Blood in your stool
  • Severe and ongoing abdominal pain
  • Prolonged diarrhea
  • Prolonged constipation
  • Excessive gas or bloating

Surgery isn’t always necessary to treat gastroenterological complications. When it is, Preva Surgicare - Imperial Surgery Center helps you prepare effectively, performs your surgery safely, and assists you in your recovery. 


What gastroenterology surgeries are available?

The gastroenterology surgeries available at Preva Surgicare - Imperial Surgery Center fall into two categories. Your providers help you weigh the risks and benefits of options applicable to your condition and can answer all of your questions in detail. They may recommend:

Open surgery

Open surgery may come to mind when you think of surgery. A surgeon uses a sterile scalpel to make a large incision through which they can access your organs and make repairs. 

Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic surgery)

Minimally invasive surgery involves less recovery time, minimal scarring, and faster healing than open surgery. 

The Preva Surgicare - Imperial Surgery Center team uses an instrument with a camera at the end called a laparoscope. They insert the laparoscope through a small incision to view your organs, as they make repairs using slender surgical tools. 

Common gastroenterological surgeries include appendectomy, gastric bypass surgery, hernia repair, and colon resection. 

If you need gastroenterology surgery, call Preva Surgicare - Imperial Surgery Center to explore your options or schedule an appointment online today.