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A Patient’s Guide to Colorectal Surgery

A Patient's Guide to Colorectal Surgery Colorectal Surgery 101 May be minimally invasive Performed to repair damage to: + The colon + The rectum + The anus or open surgery May involve the creation of an ostomy, or an opening for the discharge of bodily wastes + Colorectal cancer 135,260 colorectal cancer diagnoses and 51,783 deaths in the U.S. in 2011 What Conditions Are Treated with Colorectal Surgery? + Hemorrhoids + Crohn's disease + Diverticulitis + Polyps, fissures, and fistulas + Incontinence and bleeding + Rectal prolapse Common Colorectal Procedures Polypectomy: Surgery to remove polyps Bowel resection: Surgery to remove part or all of the large or small bowel When treating the large bowel, surgery may also be called colectomy Ileocolostomy: Surgery to create an opening between the small intestine Strictureplasty: Surgery to widen narrowed parts of the intestine and the colon Scheduled for Surgery? What to Expect Before the procedure + Consultation with surgeon + Lab tests + Special diet + Enema or oral prep for bowel cleansing During the procedure + Anesthesia administered Type depends on procedure + Length of surgery will depend on procedure and technique After the procedure + 2-4 day hospital stay + Pain medication may be given + Fluids/electrolytes given until bowel activity restarts + Slow transition back to solid foods Provided by: Westside Regional Medial Center Sources: an_Ostomy.htmi http://www.cdc.govlcancericolorectal/statistics/ http://www.medicineneticom/scriptimainvartiasp?articlekey-38488

A Patient’s Guide to Colorectal Surgery

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Common colorectal procedures include bowel resection, ileocolostomy, polypectomy, and strictureplasty. Read the details about these procedures and when they are used by clicking over to this infograph...


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