A colorectal resection is a surgery to remove a section of the large intestine. It is done to remove injured or diseased parts of the colon.
This surgery is performed to treat a variety of conditions, including the following:
- Colorectal cancer
- Diverticular disease —small pouches form in the wall of the colon
- Inflammatory intestinal diseases (eg, colitis, Crohn’s disease)
- Intestinal blockage
- Trauma to the intestine
- Precancerous polyps, especially those seen in familial polyposis
- A hole in the bowel wall or dead piece of bowel
- Bleeding from the colon
For colon cancer, the goal is to remove all of the cancer. If you have a precancerous condition, then you may have prevented the development of cancer. If you had surgery due to other conditions, a successful operation will alleviate or improve your symptoms.
Last reviewedNovember 2012by Daus Mahnke, MD
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