Colon (Sigmoid & Cecal) Volvulus Treatment
Volvulus is a twisting of the colon that can cause an obstruction in the intestines. There are different types of colon volvulus, depending on which part of the large intestines is affected, either sigmoid or cecal. Both types of colon volvulus often require surgery to untwist the large intestine and remove the blockage. The practice of Danny Shouhed, M.D. in Los Angeles offers colon (sigmoid & cecal) volvulus treatment, including intestinal resection and other colon surgeries.
When the colon twists and becomes blocked (volvulus), serious complications can follow. Fluid, food and gas become trapped above the obstruction, putting pressure on the twisted portion of the intestines. Portions of the intestines can be cut off from blood flow, weakening the tissue and leading to deadly tears. Sigmoid volvulus is more common than cecal volvulus, but both require medical attention quickly to avoid serious complications.
Cecal vs. Sigmoid Volvulus
Both cecal and sigmoid volvulus can be caused by certain anatomic problems like an enlarged colon, malrotation or from scar tissue from an intestinal injury. The difference between the two types is where the twisting occurs and the risk of complications. Volvulus can have sudden, severe symptoms and require immediate surgery, where cecal volvulus more commonly has intermittent symptoms over a long period. Both can result in nausea, vomiting or constipation, but sigmoid volvulus symptoms may be more severe and include blood in stool, abdominal cramping and signs of shock.
Cecal and sigmoid volvulus can cause serious health issues, usually requiring surgery to untwist or repair the intestinal problem. If you or your child (infants can have sigmoid volvulus) have symptoms of colon (sigmoid & cecal) volvulus, treatment is available at our medical center in Los Angeles. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with our board-certified GI surgeon.