Colectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of your colon.

  • Total Colectomy involves removing the entire colon
  • Partial Colectomy involves removing part of the colon
  • Proctocolectomy involves removing both the colon and rectum

How Is A Colectomy Performed?

Colectomy is performed via open surgical or a Laparoscopic method.

What Are The Benefits Of The Laparoscopic Or Minimally Invasive Approach?

Benefits of Laparoscopic method includes:

  • Better Cosmesis
  • Earlier return of bowel function
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Shorter hospital stay

Indications For Surgery

Some of the frequent indications for Colectomy include:

  • Diverticular disease of the colon
  • Colon cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease i.e. Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Bowel infarction (loss of blood supply)

Recovery From Surgery

Typically the patient is started on oral sips of fluids by the 1st post operative day itself, from where the quantity of oral intake gradually increases until the patient is on a semi solid diet by the 3rd – 4th post operative day.

Patient is made to sit up, stand and   start walking as early as possible without any undue straining on the wound area .

Usually by the 5th – 6th post operative day, the patient can get discharged, and is advised to follow – up as per requirement, at the clinic.