This surgery involves the removal of all or part of the large intestine through an incision in the abdomen.
A lower intestine removal involves the removal (or resection) of all or part of the large intestine (colon) through an incision in the abdomen. The two loose ends are then sewn together so stool can pass through to the rectum. It is also known as a total or partial colectomy.
An open resection of your large intestine may be recommended if you have:
There are times when the surgeon may be able to perform the surgery through a laparoscope. In those cases, the diseased part of the large intestine is removed using small medical instruments and a camera inserted into three or four small cuts in the abdomen. Prior to surgery, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before surgery. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking, as it can interfere with your recovery.
General anesthesia is the most common type of anesthesia for an open removal of the large intestine. This is where you are put into a deep sleep and are unable to see, hear or feel anything. After the surgery, your nurse will help you get out of bed as soon as possible. This can decrease the risk of post-operative complications, such as blood clots and infection.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a resection of my large intestine?
After your surgery, you should know what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. Make sure you also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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