Bowel Surgery Specialist

Michael Morris, MD. FRCS.

General Surgeon Serving the communities of Houston, TX

If you have serious problems like bowel obstruction or appendicitis, bowel surgery is often the best way to get healthy and avoid major complications. At Surgical Associates, surgeon Michael Morris, MD, FRCF, expertly performs all types of bowel repairs using the newest technology available. Call the office in Humble, Texas, or book your consultation online today.

Bowel Surgery Q & A

What is a bowel obstruction?

A bowel obstruction happens when food or liquid can’t pass through your intestines normally. Some of the many possible reasons for bowel obstruction include internal scarring, inflammation, infections, and colon cancer.

Bowel obstruction can be partial or complete. In complete bowel obstructions, you can’t pass stool at all, so it’s a medical emergency requiring immediate surgery. Some partial bowel obstructions may also interfere with stool passage enough to require surgery.

What is appendicitis?

Appendicitis is a condition in which your appendix, a tiny pouch that extends from the bottom of your colon, grows highly inflamed and painful.

If you have appendicitis, you’ll generally have severe pain on the lower right side of your abdomen. The pain may start at a higher point and then move down, as well.

If left untreated, appendicitis can lead to significant problems such as appendix rupture or abscesses in your abdominal wall. Surgical removal is the most effective treatment for appendicitis.

What is involved in bowel surgery?

Dr. Morris customizes bowel surgery at Surgical Associates for your particular situation.

Appendicitis

For appendicitis, Dr. Morris generally performs a laparoscopic appendectomy to remove your appendix. A laparoscopic appendectomy requires several small abdominal incisions, while a traditional open appendectomy requires one long incision. If you have appendicitis complications, such as an abscess, Dr. Morris drains it before removing your appendix.

Bowel obstruction

Bowel obstruction surgery can vary with the blockage. In most bowel obstruction surgeries, Dr. Morris removes the obstruction, along with any damaged or necrotic portion of the surrounding intestine. As with appendectomy, Dr. Morris can use either laparoscopic or open surgery techniques for bowel obstructions.

Another option for bowel obstruction surgery is stenting. Dr. Morris places an expanding wire mesh stent into your colon, and it then widens the obstructed area to clear it. A stent might be the right choice when you’re not healthy enough for surgical obstruction removal or when you have colon cancer.

Depending on the situation and whether you have any co-occurring conditions, you may also be eligible for robotic-assisted surgery. Dr. Morris performs robotic-assisted surgery by precisely directing robotic arms during the procedure.

Surgical Associates offers the care you can trust, so reach out by phone or schedule an appointment online today.