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Why Do I Need Colon Surgery?

Surgeons all over the country often come across the questions “why do I need colon surgery?

Understandably, many patients have fears surrounding a surgery such as colon surgery, which may not be as frequently discussed in everyday life.

What Is Colon Surgery?

Colon resection, or colectomy, is a surgical procedure where a section or the entirety of your colon is removed.

You will be under general anesthesia during your colon surgery.

What Is the Recovery Period?

You can generally expect to recover in the hospital for one week or longer.

Most patients recover fully within six weeks.

Colon Surgery Methods

Depending on the recommendation from your colon surgeon, your surgery may be performed in a few different ways:

  • Open resection

  • Laparoscopic resection

  • Robot-assisted laparoscopic resection

Laparoscopic Resection

Many doctors prefer to perform a laparoscopic resection over the alternatives as it generally requires a shorter hospital stay, and is a less invasive procedure.

In order to determine if this is the best option for you, your surgeon will conduct blood and imaging tests as well as bowel preparation to clear out the colon before surgery.

The Surgery

During your surgery, your doctor will create a small cut on your abdomen to remove all or part of your colon.

What are the Side Effects?

Common side effects include headache, nausea, and confusion from the anesthesia.

You may also experience abdominal pain, fatigue, constipation, or diarrhea.

Is Colon Surgery Safe?

Colon surgery is largely considered to be safe for most patients.

However, there is always some risk including hemorrhage, blood clots, wound infection, pneumonia, and more.

Why Do I Need Colon Surgery?

To learn more about why you may require colon surgery it is important that you seek the services of a board-certified surgical team with extensive experience performing this complex surgery.

Schedule your colon surgery consultation today by calling Northern Virginia Surgical Specialists at 540-347-2805.

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