Professional Interests: Colon and Rectal Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery
Single-incision Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery
Single Port and Multiple Port Robotic Laparoscopic Surgery
Two percent of the United States population suffers with the embarassment of anal/rectal dysfunction.
And unfortunately, that's the crux of a health care quandary: The stigma of anal/rectal dysfunction and disease prevents patients from revealing symptoms to their doctors. It prevents doctors from asking the intimate questions that uncover disease.
Raising awareness leads to treatment that can improve patients' quality of life -- or even save their life, says colorectal surgeon Dr. Douglas Khoury.
"A lot of patients have pain, changes in bowel movements or blood in their stool and are too embarrassed to tell their doctor. Likewise, their doctors may be unfamiliar with the disease processes of the anal/rectal region,"Dr. Khoury says. "Oftentimes, the symptoms have nothing to do with cancer, but sometimes they do. If we catch these cancers early, they're curable."
Raised in New England and an Army veteran, Dr. Khoury came to the Quad Cities in 1996 to become the region's first colorectal surgeon.
Working to advance minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Khoury and Dr. Robert Harson became the first in Iowa to perform a robotic laparoscopic colon resection using the da Vinci Surgery System at Genesis. Dr. Khoury also performs a single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy that uses one scar-sparing incision through the belly button.
Less than 15% of all patients undergoing elective colon resections in the United States have them done laparoscopically. The surgeons at Davenport Surgical Group do the majority of their elective colon resections laparoscopically. This translates into less postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays, and earlier returns to normal activity levels.
We think this is very important as we try to provide our patients with the most effective, contemporary surgical care.