Gastrointestinal Surgery

Gastrointestinal surgery involves the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine. The surgical staff at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend perform a high volume of operations associated with the gastrointestinal tract, which translates to excellent outcomes. The following is a partial list of available surgeries:


A colectomy is the removal of all or part of a diseased colon. The surgery can be performed using a laparoscope as treatment for diverticular disease. Additional surgeries may be needed if ends of the colon must be reattached.

Read more about colectomies.


The surgical removal of hemorrhoids is can be done on an outpatient basis. Swollen tissue around the hemorrhoid is tied off while the hemorrhoid is being removed. This surgery can be done using different tools like a laser, scalpel or cautery pencil.

Learn more about hemorrhoidectomy.

Ileoanal Pouch Procedure

This is an extremely complex operation that helps patients with colitis lead happy, healthy and productive lives. While the typical procedure removes the disease and creates a “J-pouch” for waste storage, the experienced surgeons at Sacred Heart have perfected a unique “W-pouch,” an even more effective pouch technique that results in essentially zero incontinence, more freedom and improved quality of life for our patients.

The risks that may be associated with this surgery are inflammation of the ileal pouch, blockage of the small intestine, pelvic infection, abdominal sepsis, stool leakage, and sexual difficulties. Women may have higher risk of infertility after this procedure as well.