What To Think About
This operation does not usually cause problems, even in older people. Age should not be a reason to avoid having a bowel resection.
In some cases, bowel resection can be done with a Reference laparoscopy Opens New Window. Laparoscopy for bowel resection usually involves 3 to 6 very small incisions instead of one large one. Recovery time is faster.
You and your doctor will think about several things in deciding whether you should have open resection or a laparoscopy. These include:
- The location and extent of the disease.
- Your general health.
- Whether you have scar tissue in the area from previous surgery.
- Your doctor's expertise and experience.
Sometimes a laparoscopic surgery has to be changed to an open resection during the surgery.
People who have colostomies need instructions about caring for the collection bag and about dietary changes that can reduce odor and gas. They also need emotional support, because many people find having a colostomy embarrassing. For more information, see:
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: October 25, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology