Is a colon resection a major surgery?
Colon resection (colectomy) is the surgical removal of part or the entire colon. Colectomy is a major surgery and may take up to four hours for completion. Colectomy is performed under general anesthesia and may require hospitalization for up to a week or more.
How many hours does a colon resection surgery take?
Colectomy usually takes between 1 and 4 hours.
How long do you stay in hospital after colon resection?
Colon cancer surgical patients require a brief hospital stay, usually for two to four days after their procedure. The amount of time you spend in the hospital depends on how well you recover after surgery.
Is a colectomy major surgery?
This is a major surgery. You’ll need to check into a hospital. On the day of your surgery, you’ll get general anesthesia.
How painful is colon resection surgery?
You are likely to have pain that comes and goes for the next few days after bowel surgery. You may have bowel cramps, and your cut (incision) may hurt. You may also feel like you have the flu. You may have a low fever and feel tired and nauseated.
What are the side effects of a colon resection?
Side effects of a bowel resection include:
- blood clots.
- bowel obstruction.
How long after bowel surgery can you poop?
After surgery, your caregivers will frequently ask whether you have passed gas. This is because passing gas is a sign that your bowels are returning to normal. You may not have a bowel movement for four to five days following surgery.
What foods should you avoid after colon surgery?
Avoid nuts, seeds, chunky peanut butter (Creamy peanut butter is okay.), tough meats, fried foods (french fries, fast food), beans, peas, hot dogs, sausage, strong flavored cheeses, coconut, raisins, and desserts with nuts or raisins.
When can I drive after colon surgery?
Most insurance policies state that you are not covered by your policy to drive for 6 weeks after major abdominal surgery. After this period of time, if you can safely perform an emergency stop without the pain of the operation preventing you from doing so, you should be safe to drive.
How serious is colon surgery?
Colectomy carries a risk of serious complications. Your risk of complications is based on your general health, the type of colectomy you undergo and the approach your surgeon uses to perform the operation. In general, complications of colectomy can include: Bleeding.
Can I sleep on my side after colon surgery?
Once the stoma area heals, you can start experimenting with your usual sleep position. If you’re a side sleeper and prefer lying on the same side as your stoma, this position shouldn’t cause any concern because your pouch will be supported by the bed.
Do you need a colostomy bag after a bowel resection?
Most people who have a large bowel resection make a full recovery. You may have to use a colostomy bag temporarily. You may also need a permanent colostomy. A colostomy doesn’t usually prevent you from doing the activities you enjoy.