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A colectomy, also called 'removal of the colon', represents the removal of a part or the entire colon. The colon is the large intestine, extending from the distal cecum to the anus. It is a part of the digestive system and it may be necessary to remove it in cases of serious diseases and conditions of the organ.

You can have several different types of colectomy surgeries:

  • A partial colectomy involves removing a portion of the colon. This is also called a subtotal colectomy.
  • Total colectomy, is when the entire colon is removed.
  • Hemicolectomy. This involves removing half of the colon, either the right half or left half.
  • Proctocolectomy. This involves removing the rectum along with the colon.

After the colectomy, something must be done in order to reattach the segments of the colon that are left or putting the distal colon up to connect it to a portal in the skin so that waste can properly leave the body.

A colectomy is often used to treat serious diseases of the colon. These include the following:

  • A bowel obstruction such as from a tumour of the colon or polyp.
  • Uncontrollable bleeding. There can be severe bleeding from the colon that can't easily be controlled. This leads to the need for surgery to remove the bleeding part of the colon.
  • Colon cancer. A partial or complete colectomy is performed when there is late stage cancer that can't easily be removed during a colonoscopy. Lymph nodes may need to be removed as well.
  • Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. These are autoimmune diseases that are made better by the removal of part or all of the colon. These people have a high risk of cancer of the colon and removing the colon eliminates this risk. If medications aren't available or work for treatment of these diseases, a colectomy may be indicated.
  • Diverticulitis. If you have many symptoms due to diverticular disease, the part of the colon containing the diverticuli may need to be removed.
  • If you have a very high risk of colon cancer due to a hereditary disease that leads to multiple polyps or other hereditary diseases, you have the option of having a colectomy to remove the chance that you'll get colon cancer. The major diseases include Lynch syndrome or familial oedematous polyposis syndrome.

In the above cases, there are different treatment options in each case. Talk to your doctor to help decide how much of the colon is removed during the procedure.

Having a colectomy can have serious and sometimes fatal complications. The risks of complications vary by your age, the disease you have, the type of colectomy you need, and the skill of the doctor. The major types of complications can include the following:

  • Bleeding complications. This can be at the site the colon was cut off at, somewhere along the colon where it connects to the peritoneum, or where the initial bleeding was that caused the bleeding to occur in the beginning.
  • Deep vein thrombosis. This is a blood clot in the leg that can travel to the lungs, resulting in a pulmonary embolism and the risk for sudden death.
  • Infection can result from the surgery and from leaking of bacteria from the colon into the body.
  • Injury to organs by the colon. This can include the small intestines and the bladder or urinary tract organs.
  • Tearing of the stitches that have held the connected parts of the colon during the surgery. This can lead to peritonitis.

You'll be in the hospital right after your colectomy so that your GI system has a chance to redevelop and become operative. The doctors and nurses will monitor you in the hospital for signs of deterioration or lack of healing. This period of time may take up to a week and you will recover further at home.

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here