Digestive + Colon

Colon Surgery

Treating colon conditions

Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with a colon condition, or have been coping with one for some time, you may now be searching for information about your treatment options. The first step is having a discussion with your doctor about the various treatment options. You and your doctor may decide that colon surgery is the best treatment. This applies to a variety of ailments, including:

  • Colon Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Diverticular Disease

How colon surgery is performed

In this surgery, the section of the colon that’s affected is cut out, and the two ends of the colon are reattached. The goal here is to re-create a functioning colon. In some cases, when the colon or rectum can’t function normally, a new opening to the outside of the body (called a stoma) is created. The intestine is connected through the opening to an external bag where waste is collected – this is called a colostomy. In some cases this colostomy can be reversed. Colon resection surgery has usually been performed using traditional “open” procedures, which require large incisions. With the advancement of technology and the development of new techniques, there are now minimally invasive options (with small incisions) that are just as effective. Minimally invasive colon surgery usually reduces the pain28 and scarring from the procedure and may speed the recovery process.28

After surgery

Regardless of whether you have an open surgery or a minimally invasive procedure, you’ll need time to heal. If you had a colon resection, you will not be able to eat for the first couple of days and will be given intravenous fluids and pain medication. You’ll probably feel tired and weak, and possibly have slight constipation for some time after colon surgery.

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