What happens when you remove your large intestine?
Large bowel resection is surgery to remove all or part of your large bowel. The large bowel is also called the large intestine or colon. Removal of the entire colon and the rectum is called a proctocolectomy. Removal of all of the colon but not the rectum is called subtotal colectomy.
People can live without a colon, but may need to wear a bag outside their body to collect stool. However, a surgical procedure can be performed to create a pouch in the small intestine that takes the place of the colon, and in this case, wearing a bag is not necessary, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Most people can live without a stomach or large intestine, but it is harder to live without a small intestine. When all or most of the small intestine has to be removed or stops working, nutrients must be put directly into the blood stream (intravenous or IV) in liquid form.
- A 37-year-old man from Czech Republic recently became the first man to live without a heart for six months. Jakub Halik, a former firefighter lived without a pulse for six months after undergoing pioneering surgery in April when doctors removed his heart and replaced it with mechanical pumps, according to The Sun.
- Not necessarily. When the kidneys make urine, the urine flows down a tube called the ureter and empties into the bladder. Some people who urinate frequently are concerned they have kidney disease. However, frequent urination is often a symptom of a bladder—not a kidney—problem.
In many cases, the surgeon can remove just a diseased section of bowel, reconnecting the parts that remain so that they function in the usual manner. But if the whole colon does need to be removed due to widespread disease there, a permanent ileostomy is the only option.
- I had a subtotal colectomy and end ileostomy. The surgeons removed my colon (also known as large intestine or large bowel) and then formed an ileostomy which is an operation to create a stoma or an opening in the ileum (last part of the small intestine), which is stitched to the skin.
- Risks of a colectomy include:
- Reactions to anesthesia.
- Blood clots in the legs or lungs.
- Internal bleeding.
- Infection at the skin incision site or inside the belly.
- Scar tissue (adhesions) in the stomach, which can block the intestines.
- A leak where the intestines are sewn together.
- Damage to nearby organs.
- The colon is part of the large intestine, the final part of the digestive system. Its function is to reabsorb fluids and process waste products from the body and prepare for its elimination. The colon consists of four parts: descending colon, ascending colon, transverse colon, and sigmoid colon.
During a living-donor liver transplant, doctors remove a piece of your healthy liver. They then use it to replace the damaged liver of a recipient. After surgery, your liver will regenerate back to its full size. The other person's new liver will grow back as well, leaving both people with healthy, functioning livers.
- Although function can never be restored to parts of your liver that have turned to scar tissue, you can live a healthy life with the remaining portion if the disease is caught in time. However, there is a point of no return with cirrhosis.
- Bile, a digestive juice produced by the liver, helps the body absorb fat into the bloodstream. You'll find this thick, yellow-green substance in the gallbladder, where it's stored until the body needs some to digest fats.
- You can pretty much cut away half of someone's liver and it will grow back again. It does sound like a fantastic idea for transplant patients but sadly you will still have the problem of tissue rejection. You have to very, very carefully match it. Some people do offer to act as living donors.
Updated: 16th October 2019