A colectomy is a surgery to remove part or all of the colon from a patient’s body. The colon is an organ that is located near the end of the digestive system and is responsible for waste removal. A colectomy is sometimes done in conjunction with other colon surgeries in order to redirect waste (colostomy).
Colectomies are typically performed to treat colon diseases such as cancer, Chron’s disease, or ulcerative colitis. It can also be done to reshape the colon after an injury, a birth defect, or a bowel obstruction.
The surgery requires fasting prior to and a hospital stay following for patient monitoring. The team at Schneck has performed many colectomies and is here to help answer questions.