What Is a Large Bowel Resection?
A large bowel resection is also known as a colectomy. The goal of this surgery is for your surgeon to remove diseased sections of your large bowel. Another name for the large bowel is the large intestine. During this surgery, your surgeon removes the diseased parts of the bowel and then reconnects the healthy parts. Your surgeon may perform a colostomy if there's not enough healthy intestine after surgery. During a colostomy, your surgeon moves one end of your large intestine to the outside of your abdominal wall and attaches a colostomy bag to your abdomen. When stool passes through your large intestine, it drains into the bag.Intestinal blockages caused by scar tissue or tumors. The stool that goes into the bag is usually soft or liquid.Intussusception, which occurs when one part of your intestine slides into another part of your intestine. A colostomy is often temporary. You'll have the bag until your intestines heal. During a new operation, your surgeon can then remove the colostomy. In some cases, the colostomy is permanent.