Colectomy

The Surgery Center at Christian Hospital performs colectomies. 

For more information on colectomy surgery, call 314.747.9355 or 877.747.9355 or email us.

What is a Colectomy?

A colectomy is the removal of all or part of the colon. Colectomies can be performed either as an open procedure or laparoscopically.

Types of Colectomy Surgery

  • Total colectomy: removal of entire colon
  • Partial colectomy: removal of a portion of the colon
  • Hemicolectomy: removal of either right or left portion of colon
  • Proctocolectomy: removal of the colon and rectum

Why is a Colectomy Performed?

A colectomy is performed to treat and/or prevent diseases of the colon. Some diseases that may require a colectomy are as follows:

Risk of Colectomy

  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots in legs or lungs
  • Infection
  • Organ injury

Pre-Surgery Instructions

Before patients have a colectomy, they will need to stop taking medications that can cause complications during surgery, fast, drink a laxative or clear solution to empty the bowels and/or take antibiotics.

Follow-Up Care

After colectomy surgery, a patient will be sent to a recovery room in the hospital where they will stay until they regain normal bowel function. This could take anywhere from a couple of days to a week. Recovery will then continue at home until the doctor allows you to go back to normal activities.

For more information on colectomy surgery, call 314.747.9355 or 877.747.9355 or email us.