A colectomy is a type of surgery used to treat colon diseases. These include cancer, inflammatory disease, or diverticulitis. The surgery is done by removing a portion of the colon. The colon is part of the large intestine.


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During the procedure, a surgeon will detach the large intestine from the surrounding organs and tissue. They'll cut and remove the damaged or diseased part of the bowel. They'll reconnect the healthy ends of the intestine with tiny staples or sutures. In some bowel resections, the surgeon will need to do a colostomy.


What happens when you have a colectomy?

During a partial colectomy, a surgeon removes the diseased portion of your colon and a small portion of surrounding healthy tissue. The surgeon may join the cut ends of the colon so that waste leaves your body normally.

Why would someone need a colectomy?

A blockage (also called an obstruction) or a twisting (called a Volvulus) in the colon. Colon cancer, or other tumors within or involving the colon. Complicated diverticulitis or other cause of severe infection of the colon. Digestive tract disorders, such as Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative ...