What is colon surgery?

Colon surgery is more commonly referred to as ‘large bowel resection’ or ‘colectomy’. Put simply, it is the removal of part of the colon (or sometimes the entire colon). In cases where the entire colon and the rectum are removed, this is called a proctocolectomy. The procedure can be performed either in the traditional ‘open’ method, or laporoscopically (closed).


What are the advantages of laporoscopic surgery?

There are two main advantages to choosing to undergo this procedure laporoscopically:

  1. Instead of one large incision, several smaller incisions are made, leaving much less noticeable scarring.
  2. Also due to the smaller incisions, the recovery time is much faster, meaning less time needs to be spent in an in-patient setting.

Why undergo colon surgery?

There are several reasons why your physician may decide that colon surgery is required. Specifically:

  • Colon cancer
  • Diverticular disease
  • A blockage in the intestine
  • Injury to the colon
  • Twisting of the colon
  • Ulcers
  • Other abnormalities of the colon