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Enloe General and Colorectal Surgery Clinic

2 Governors Lane, Suite A
Chico, CA 95926

Enloe's General and Colorectal Surgery Clinic

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We're Here for You

Our mission at the Enloe General and Colorectal Surgery Clinic in Chico, Calif., is to provide specialized treatment for diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus. Dedicated state-of-the-art operating suites at Enloe Medical Center allow the local colorectal surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures with advanced laparoscopic and robotic-assisted operations. We offer inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, wound and ostomy services to provide a smooth transition from hospital to home. The physicians also staff our Colorectal and General Surgery Clinic.

Conditions We Treat

Husband and Wife dancing in a gardenThe surgeons at the Enloe General and Colorectal Surgery Clinic offer a range of treatment options for benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus with a focus on techniques that cause less pain and promote faster recovery.

Some conditions are precursors to cancer so prompt diagnosis and treatment is imperative.

Screening & Surveillance: Colonoscopy

Colonoscopies are routinely recommended to adults 45 years of age or older as part of a colorectal cancer screening program. Patients with a family history of colon or rectal cancer may have their colonoscopy as early as age 35. Your physician may also recommend a colonoscopy exam if you have a change in your bowel habits or bleeding, indicating a possible problem in the colon or rectum.

Enloe Medical Center is committed to prevention and early detection of cancers of the colon and rectum. The surgeons follow national screening and surveillance guidelines for appropriate and timely colonoscopy exams. Colonoscopy saves lives.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

Traditional "open" surgery is performed through an incision large enough to accommodate the surgeon’s hands and instruments, and to allow visualization within the abdominal cavity. Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery is performed with tiny incisions that allow the surgeon to operate with a camera and specialized instruments placed through the abdominal wall.

Robotics Colorectal Surgery

Sometimes, a surgeon may opt to perform robotic-assisted colorectal surgery. This technique can be utilized with the following conditions: colon cancer, rectal cancer, diverticulitis, rectal prolapse, and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis).

Colorectal surgeries performed with robotic surgical technology at Enloe Medical Center include:

  • Colon resection for cancer
  • Colon cancer resection at the time of liver metastasis ablation or resection
  • Rectal resection for cancer- sphincter sparing (avoid a colostomy)
  • Rectal resection for cancer, abdominoperineal resection
  • Diverting colostomy or ileostomy
  • Rectal prolapse surgery
  • Combined pelvic organ/pelvic floor reconstruction with urogynecology
  • Parastomal hernia repair
  • Resections for complications of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's or ulcerative colitis)
  • Restorative proctocolectomy for ulcerative colitis (ileoanal pouch)
  • Restorative proctocolectomy for familial adenomatous polyposis syndrome

There are many benefits to minimally invasive surgery, including:

  • Much smaller incision
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Faster return of bowel function
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return to normal activity

Although MIS is not appropriate for every patient, the extensive experience of the colorectal surgeons at Enloe allows them to perform the majority of surgeries laparoscopically. Learn more about robotic-assisted colorectal surgery.

Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)

TEM is an advanced technique using specially designed instrumentation to remove large rectal polyps and early rectal cancers without an abdominal incision. Enloe Medical Center is one of only a limited number of hospitals nationwide that offers TEM.

Advanced Care for Hemorrhoids

Infrared Coagulation (IRC) is a quick, office-based procedure for hemorrhoids that involves minimal discomfort and no recovery time. Conservative hemorrhoid treatment and IRC allows many patients to avoid formal hemorrhoid surgery.

Enloe General & Colorectal Surgery Clinic

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