Bowel Resection Surgery: Complications and Recovery Time of Procedure

Bowel resection surgery is a procedure aimed at removing a cancerous part or an unhealthy area of the large or small intestines. Bowel resection or colon removal is done due to the following reasons:

  • Colon cancer
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as bleeding
  • Diverticular disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Polyps in the intestines
  • Large bowel obstruction
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
  • Hirschsprung’s disease (HD)

Bowel Resection Surgical Procedure and Recovery

  • Can be done thru open surgery or the use of traditional incision
  • Can also be administered thru laparoscopic surgery or the use of a number of small incisions to get to the target area
  • The bowel resection surgery recovery time depends on several factors such as the severity of the patient’s condition, the overall health condition of the patient before the surgery and the length of the intestines or bowel removed.
  • Generally, the recovery from bowel resection normally take two months or so.

Also see Total or Partial Colon Removal Surgery

Possible Bowel Resection Complications

  • Extreme bleeding
  • Infections in and around the surgical wound
  • Incisional hernia or bulging in the incision spot or on the surgical scar
  • Development of pneumonia
  • Blocking of the intestine due to scar tissue
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Stricture of the opening
  • Development of blood clot or air bubble in the lung blood supply or pulmonary embolism
  • Adverse reaction to drugs and medication
  • Development of blood clot on veins of the legs
  • Inflammation of veins in the legs

Also see Laparoscope Band Surgery & ACL Tear Surgery