During a colectomy, the colon is surgically removed.
Also Known As:
- Colon removal
- Colon surgery
- Large intestine surgery
- Large intestine removal
Conditions Treated with a Colectomy:
A colectomy is utilized in cases of abdominal trauma, abdominal infection, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, bowel obstruction, large intestine injury and colorectal cancer.
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to a colectomy. A hemicolectomy or a subtotal, partial, or laparoscopic colectomy may be performed as a surgical alternative.
Anesthesia with a Colectomy:
A colectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from a Colectomy:
Possible risks following a colectomy include infection, bleeding, incisional hernia and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.
Prognosis after a Colectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a colectomy is good.
Recovery from a Colectomy:
Total recovery from a colectomy takes two to three weeks.