Colon Resection Surgery Options
Colon Resection Surgery through WorldMed Assist is affordable through our partnerships with state of the art hospitals in the US and abroad. Medically trained case managers provide patient advocacy to ensure you receive the best medical care available for your procedure. Hospitals, officially recognized accreditation agencies such as JCAHO and the Joint Commission International (JCI), are thoroughly investigated prior to selection. Your procedure, including travel to and from the destination hospital, is managed by registered nurses from beginning to conclusion, guaranteeing you the optimum experience.
Options for quality Colon Resection Surgery include:
- Colon Resection Surgery in the U.S.
- Colon Resection Surgery in Mexico
- Colon Resection Surgery in India
- Colon Resection Surgery in Turkey
- Colon Resection Surgery in Costa Rica
We also provide information on costs:
What is a Colon Resection?
A colon resection, also called a colectomy, is a surgical procedure performed to remove a section of the large colon.
The large colon is part of the digestive system.
It is approximately five feet long and is broken down into medical terminology segments known as the ascending, transverse, descending, sigmoid and rectum.
The colon’s primary purposes are to connect the small intestine to the anus and absorption of water and minerals from stool prior to evacuation from the body.
Colon Resection Surgery Candidates
Patients commonly undergo a colon resection for the following medical conditions:
- Colon cancer
- Precancerous polyps
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Bowel obstruction
- Perforation or other traumatic injury.
Colon Resection Surgery Preparation
Your doctor will evaluate your physical condition and review your health history prior to surgery.
You may be asked to obtain blood tests, x-rays or other investigative examinations as well.
Inform your doctor of any medication allergies at your consultation.
Your doctor may request you stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, up to 2 weeks before your surgery date.
Make certain you ask your doctor which, if any, of your current medications you should continue to take.
If you catch a cold or the flu within these two weeks, it is imperative you advise your doctor.
Your doctor may recommend high fiber foods and 48 to 64 ounces of water daily until two days prior to surgery.
Patients are routinely given bowel cleansing preparations the day before surgery and may have diet restrictions imposed at that time.
Antibiotics may be dispensed.
To prevent respiratory complications after surgery and promote wound healing, it is advisable to quit smoking as far in advance of your surgery as possible.
Colon Resection Surgery
There are two colon resection techniques:
laparoscopic and open.
For a laparoscopic colon resection, the surgeon makes up to 5 incisions between 2 and 3 inches long in your abdomen.
A flexible tube instrument, with a camera attached, is used to permit the surgeon to view inside the abdomen through video images.
Small surgical instruments are then used to remove the colon section and suture the ends of the colon together.
Incisions are stitched closed.
Open colon resection surgery involves a six inch incision in the lower abdomen to permit the surgeon to access the colon, clamp the diseased section of the colon and remove it.
The colon is sutured together and the incision sewed closed.
Colon Resection Surgery Recovery
Hospitalization time and recovery depends on the technique used in the colon resection procedure.
Laparoscopic colon resections require less time to heal and shorter hospital stays.
Walking after surgery is encouraged as soon as possible to aid with gas pains and recovery.
You may be on a restricted diet until your colon begins to function again.
You may notice side effects from certain types of food in the early days.
Compression stockings may be worn if you are restricted to bed for the first few days post-operatively to prevent blood clots and improve circulation.
You will likely be prescribed pain medication initially, but your need for analgesics will ease as recovery progresses.
Your doctor may restrict driving, especially if you had an open colon resection.
Lifting heavy weights should be avoided until such time as your doctor advises.
Moderate exercise, as tolerated, is permissible on a graduated basis.
All surgical procedures have associated risks.
You should consult with your doctor prior to surgery to ensure you fully understand all possible complications.
WorldMed Assist offers a wide array of quality, low-cost general surgeries.