Reasons for Colon Removal

When your doctor informs you that you need the Colon Removal procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Colon Removal is Performed

Alternate Names for Colon Removal:
Colectomy, partial and total
Partial colectomy
Surgical removal, colon
Total colectomy

Reasons for Procedure

A colectomy may be performed to treat a variety of conditions, including the following:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Inflammatory intestinal diseases (eg, colitis , Crohn's disease )
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Trauma to the intestine
  • Diverticular disease -small pouches form in the wall of the colon
  • Precancerous polyps, especially those seen in familial polyposis
  • A hole in the bowel wall, or dead piece of bowel
  • Bleeding from the colon


Learn what Colon Removal is
What Is
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Reasons For Colon Removal
Reasons For
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Colon Removal Complications
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
Colon Removal Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
Colon Removal Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about Colon Removal
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.

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