The ileum is the last portion of the small intestines, or bowel, that empties into the large intestine, or colon. This portion of the small intestines is responsible for the absorption of some nutrients not already absorbed in the first two portions, including B12 and fats. The ileum is connected to the colon by the ileocecal valve, which allows digested food to pass into the lower bowels. Various conditions and disease can cause blockages, bleeding or inflammation in the ileum, requiring removal through an ileocecectomy. Danny Shouhed, M.D. offers ileocecectomy through his practice in Los Angeles.
Dr. Danny Shouhed is a board certified gastrointestinal surgeon who specializes in complex abdominal surgeries. His expertise and experience performing detail-oriented surgeries have made him one of the top surgeons in his field. For those suffering from severe gastrointestinal conditions, like Crohn’s disease or colon cancer, Dr. Shouhed can offer hope through surgical treatments such as ileocecectomy.
Surgery for Colon Cancer and Crohn’s Disease
In severe cases of Crohn’s disease or colon cancer, removing the ileum may be necessary for treatment. Excess scar tissue, bleeding, tumors and blockages can cause serious health complications and may even be life-threatening. The ileum can be safely removed – often the ileocecal valve must be removed as well. The upper small intestine is then connected directly to the colon once the ileum is removed. While there can be disruption in some nutrient absorption, it is possible to live a healthy life after ileocecectomy with the right regimen of dietary supplements, medications and lifestyle changes.
If you are suffering from colon cancer, Crohn’s disease or other serious conditions impacting the ileum, ileocecectomy may be a treatment option. To learn more about surgery for colon cancer or Crohn’s disease, contact our office in Los Angeles to schedule an appointment with Dr. Danny Shouhed to discuss ileum removal.