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Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about a colectomy?

A colectomy is surgery to remove part or all of your colon.

Abdominal Organs

How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

After your surgery:

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. You will be monitored closely for any problems. You will then be able to go home or be taken to your hospital room.

What are the risks of surgery?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. Nearby organs, such as the small intestine or bladder, may be damaged. An abscess (pocket of pus) may form near your incision. Your colon may leak and cause an infection in and around your intestines. You may develop a serious infection in your blood. An adhesion (buildup of tissue) may block your colon. You may need another colectomy. You may develop a life-threatening blood clot.

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