Colon Repair in West Bloomfield Township
Colon Repair and Resection
We are your solution for a healthy colon.
The colon is part of your large intestine, where your body digests the food you’ve eaten and creates waste.
The Dr. Susan Seman Solution provides colon repair in Township for patients diagnosed with colon cancer, precancerous conditions, and other colon diseases that can’t be treated with medication. A colectomy is a surgery that removes part or all of your colon to ensure the rest of your gastrointestinal tract continues to function normally.
What it Treats
Large bowel obstruction
1 to 4 hours
Up to 6 weeks. Most people get back to normal routines after 2 weeks
How Colon Repair Works
Before your colon repair in township, The Dr. Susan Seman Solution will prepare you for the procedure. Our healthcare team will perform a physical exam and confirm your health history. We may use x-rays, blood tests, and a colonoscopy as part of your health screening.
Before Your Surgery
You'll need to prepare for your surgery a couple days in advance. It's important for the bowels to be empty, so you may be asked to consume only a clear liquid diet, fast before the procedure, or take a laxative or enema.
During Your Surgery: Open
Colon repair is performed under general anesthesia. There are 2 methods Dr. Seman can use to complete your colectomy: open or laparoscopic. In an open colectomy, the doctor makes one long incision in your abdomen, which provides the easiest access to your organs.
During Your Surgery: Laparoscopic
For less complicated cases, we can use a laparoscopic procedure. In a laparoscopic (or robotic) colectomy, the doctor makes several small incisions and inserts a laparoscope with camera and tools to perform the surgery.
Ending Your Surgery
You may need all or only part of your colon removed. After removing the affected section of your bowels, your doctor will rejoin the remaining sections and close your incision(s).
You'll spend 3 to 5 days recovering in the hospital while we monitor for signs of complications and wait for your bowels to begin functioning again.
Frequently Asked Questions About Colon Repair
What's the difference between a colectomy and colostomy?
During a colectomy part of your colon is removed and the remaining ends of your colon are joined together to allow your bowels to function normally. A colostomy creates a new path, typically through the abdomen, for your waste to follow if it's not possible for your bowels to resume normal function after surgery. Colostomies can be temporary or permanent. Your doctor will discuss this possibility with you before your surgery.
How long is the recovery?
Normal bowel function is able to resume in 1 to 3 days and you'll only have to stay in the hospital for 3 to 5 days. While it's possible to return to your normal activities about 2 weeks after surgery, strenuous activity or heavy lifting should be avoided for up to 6 weeks.
What can I eat after a colon repair?
It's usually recommended that you stick to a low-fiber diet for up to 1 month after your procedure. Drinking enough water is also important. You may meet with a dietitian or nutrition counselor after your surgery to give you specific advice based on your personal situation.