A colon resection surgery involves the removal of a diseased part of the colon, or large intestine. After the diseased part is removed, the two healthy ends are resectioned (sewn back together). This procedure can be performed with a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) method or as an open procedure.
Also Known As:
- Bowel resection
- Colon surgery
- Intestine surgery
Conditions Treated with Colon Resection:
Colon resection is utilized to treat conditions such as diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, colon cancer, ulcerative colitis and a bowel obstruction. It can also be used to treat familial or precancerous polyps on the lining of the colon.
The alternatives to colon resection vary according to the conditions that need to be treated. For example, some patients find relief with medications.
Anesthesia with Colon Resection:
Colon resection is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Colon Resection:
Possible risks of colon resection include bleeding, infection and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Other potential complications can include injury to nearby organs, scarring and a leak between the reattached sections of the colon.
Prognosis after Colon Resection:
The prognosis for a positive end result following colon resection is good.
Recovery from Colon Resection:
Some patients stay in the hospital for up to one week following a colon resection. Total recovery time can be up to two months for an open procedure, and two weeks for a minimally invasive procedure.