This surgery uses a camera and special instruments to remove a section of the large intestine through several small cuts in the abdomen.
A laparoscopic resection of the large intestine is surgery that uses a camera and medical instruments to remove a section of the large bowel.
The main function of the large intestine is to extract water from undigested food (stool or feces). It also stores the stool until it leaves the body through the anus. A resection of the large intestine may be done because parts of the large intestine are:
During a resection the unhealthy part of the intestine is removed. The two healthy ends are then sewn together. However, sometimes there is not enough healthy tissue for the surgeon to sew the ends of the bowel together.
There are times when the surgeon cannot perform the surgery through a laparoscope. In those cases, the diseased part of the large intestine needs to be removed through a larger incision in the abdomen. This may be recommended if:
Prior to either 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 a laparoscopic 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 two or three days, you may be started on clear liquids. You will usually be able to eat solid food when your bowels start to work again.
Some benefit plans recommend or require that members receive treatment for certain conditions (including cancer, bariatric surgery, bowel surgery, and heart procedures/surgeries) at a Center of Excellence (COE) facility.
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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