HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Pelvic Floor Articles

HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy


Bowel Resection Information

From the Pelvic Floor Articles List

What do I need to know about a Bowel ResectionI may be facing a bowel resection. What do I need to know?

The bowel is made up of the large and small intestine. A bowel resection can be done to either section if there is disease or damaged tissue. The surgery can be done during a laparoscopy or as an open (laparotomic) procedure.

A large bowel resection, or colectomy, may be necessary to treat diverticulitis, infection, bowel obstruction, endometriosis, volvulus, intussusception, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease. It may also be necessary for certain precancerous polyps or colon cancer. In some cases, a prophylactic colectomy may be recommended when there are genetic mutations which suggest a higher risk for developing colon cancer.

A small bowel resection may be needed in cases of an obstruction, infection, ulcer, tumor, Meckel’s diverticulum, precancerous polyp, or cancer. Inflammation caused by regional ileitis, enteritis or Crohn’s disease may also lead to a small bowel resection.

When the diseased portion of the bowel is removed, the healthy ends are then stapled or sewn together. At times this cannot be done, so a temporary or permanent means of bypassing that portion of the bowel is necessary. To do this, an opening in the abdominal wall (stroma) is made and a bag is attached on the outside of the abdomen.

Hospital stay, dietary restrictions, and activity limitations will depend on the type and extent of your bowel resection. Risks can also depend on your specific circumstances but may include infection, inhibited bowel function, bleeding, blood clots, injury to surrounding tissues, wound issues, and reactions to medications or anesthesia.

Because of the seriousness of these surgeries, it is important to seek a second opinion before scheduling. You should also carefully weigh the benefits versus the risks and explore any less invasive options which might be available for you and your situation.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-20-2014 - 02:37 PM


Do you have a question?

If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!

HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy Booklet

What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy with pages of information, helpful tips and hints to prepare and recover from hysterectomy. Free download for members.

Recommended for Hysterectomy Recovery

Mesh Panty

Mesh panties are stretchy and light - perfect for holding peri pads securely during hysterectomy recovery. [...More]

Post-Op Panty

Post-operative compression panty with medical grade silicone to speed hysterectomy recovery + reduce scarring. [...More]

Softest Bra Ever

When you want to wear something, but feel nothing. Two in a value pack for your hysterectomy recovery. [...More]

HysterSisters Articles

Options to Hysterectomy
Treatment Alternatives
Pre-Op Hysterectomy
Post-Op Hysterectomy
Separate Surgeries
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Pelvic Floor
Separate Surgeries
Fitness after Hysterectomy
GYN Cancer
Breast Health
Grief and Loss
Uterine Fibroids
GYN Genetics
Hysterectomy Stories
Ask A Doctor

Find a Surgeon

HysterSisters Doctor Directory
Ted Lee, M.D.
Magee Womens Hospital
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh PA 15213
412 641 6412
Lori Warren, M.D.
3900 Kresge Way
Suite 30
Louisville KY 40207
Shaghayegh DeNoble, M.D.
20 Wilsey Square
Suite C
Ridgewood NJ 07450
Joseph S. Valenti, M.D.
2805 S. Mayhill Road
Denton TX 76208
940 591-6700
Kirsten Sasaki, M.D.
120 Osler Drive, Suite 100
The Advanced Gynecologic Surgery Institute
Naperville IL 60540
Amie Napier, M.D.
Medical City Hospital 7777 Forest Lane Suite A331
Suite A331
Dallas TX 75230
Lauren Streicher, M.D.
Gynecologic Specialists of Northwestern, S.C
680 N. Lake Shore Dr., Suite 117
Chicago IL 60611
Nonnie-Marie Estella, M.D.
10 Research Place
Suite 205
North Chelmsford MA 01863
Aileen Caceres, M.D.
Center for Specialized Gynecology/Florida Hospital
410 Celebration Place, Suite 302
Celebration FL 34747
(407) 303-4573


Hysterectomy News

June 28,2017


HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive


Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays

Request Information

I am a HysterSister


Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours


Your Hysterectomy Date

CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing