Colectomy

Colectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of your colon. Your colon, also called your large intestine, is a long tube like organ at the end of your digestive tract. Colectomy may be necessary to treat or prevent diseases and conditions that affect your colon.

There are various types of colectomy operations:

  • Total colectomy involves removing the entire colon.
  • Partial colectomy involves removing part of the colon and may also be called subtotal colectomy.
  • Hemicolectomy involves removing the right or left portion of the colon.
  • Proctocolectomy involves removing both the colon and rectum.

Colon surgery may be performed in two ways:

1) Open colectomy. Open surgery involves making a longer incision on the abdomen to access your colon. Your surgeon uses surgical tools to free your colon from the surrounding tissue and cuts out either a portion of the colon or the entire colon.

2) Laparoscopic colectomy, also called minimally invasive colectomy, involves several small incisions in your abdomen. The surgeon passes a tiny video camera through one incision and special surgical tools through the other incisions. The colon is then brought out through a small incision in your abdomen. This allows the surgeon to operate on the colon outside of your body. Once repairs are made to the colon, the surgeon reinserts the colon through the incision.

Laparoscopic colectomy may reduce the pain and recovery time after surgery. But not everyone is a candidate for this procedure. Also, in some situations your operation may begin as a laparoscopic colectomy, but circumstances may force your surgical team to convert to an open colectomy.

Once the colon has been repaired or removed, your surgeon will reconnect the digestive system to allow the body to expel waste.

Options may include:

  • Re-joining the remaining portions of the colon. The surgeon may stitch the remaining portions of the colon together, creating what is called an anastomosis. Stool then leaves the body as before.
  • Connecting the intestine to an opening created in your abdomen. The surgeon may attach the colon (colostomy) or small intestine (ileostomy) to an opening created in the abdomen. This allows waste to leave the body through the opening (stoma).
  •  A bag on the outside of the stoma to collect stool. This can be permanent or temporary.
  •  A colostomy or ileostomy may also be planned which is attached to the intestine to the outside of the abdomen,

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We are a premiere hospital in the country specializing in the treatment of digestive disorders. We provide comprehensive digestive care to our patients. Our Gastroenterology Surgery and Minimal Invasive Surgery Department at Wockhardt Hospitals are regarded, as one of the centres for excellence.  Our clinical expertise and infrastructure support the treatment of health conditions, needing laparoscopic surgery or general surgery.  For further information visit Digestive Care Speciality at Wockhardt Hospital.

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