Description of Procedure
Small incisions will be made in the abdomen. Instruments will be inserted through these incisions. The section of colon will then be removed through these small openings. The two parts of the colon may then be sewn together. In some cases, the doctor may need to switch to
. This involves making a larger incision.
In a total colectomy, a colostomy or ileostomy will need to be formed. This will create a path for waste to leave your body. A small opening called a stoma will be made in the front of your abdominal wall. The open end of your intestine will be attached at the stoma. The stoma may be either temporary or permanent. This part of the procedure may also be done if your intestine needs time to heal and rest.
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Stitches or staples will be used to close the area. A bandage will be placed over the incisions.