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COLON & APPENDIX SURGERY
Why would YOU need colon surgery?
The colon is a large area and can be prone to diseases.
You could need a resection surgery because of Colon Cancer, IBS, Appendicitis, Diverticular Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, a large Bowel Obstruction, and even Intestinal Polyps.
Why would YOU need your appendix removed?
Our appendix helps us maintain healthy intestinal bacteria - the body's original probiotic. However, it can get infected.
This infection is, 'Appendicitis' and once infected, the appendix can burst - releasing bacteria & stool into the abdomen. Causing an even worse infection. Appendix removal is the quickest way back to health.
COLON & APPENDIX PROCEDURES
COLON RESECTION PROCEDURE
There are two types of colon resection procedures - one is a traditional, open surgery and the other is a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.
The type of procedure performed depends on the each individual's diagnosis and needs.
During a colon resection, the diseased part of the bowel is removed and the two healthy sections of the colon are reattached. This is called an end-to-end anastomosis.
If an anastomosis is not possible because of the extent of the disease or its location, your surgeon creates a colostomy. A temporary colostomy is made when the colon needs longer to heal after surgery and the anastomosis is then performed later.
AN APPENDECTOMY PROCEDURE
A Laparoscopic Appendectomy is the minimally invasive surgical removal of an infected appendix.
Depending on a patient's individual appendix infection and whether or not it has ruptured, they might need to have a more traditional, open surgery.
The appendix itself is a long little pouch attached to the beginning of your large intestine on one end and sealed shut at the other. It sort of looks like a combination between a worm and a string bean.
While its a small and somewhat useless organ, if someone gets appendicitis, they must have their appendix removed immediately because the infection can spread rapidly and if it causes a hole, it can infect the entire abdominal area. If this happens its called 'Peritonitis' and its a life-threatening emergency.