Colorectal Surgery: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Colorectal surgery is a necessary treatment option for many different reasons. While cancer is a common cause, patients may also have colorectal surgery services at CHRIAS to repair damage, reduce scar tissue, or to remove an obstruction in the colon, rectum, and/or anus. Learning that you need to have surgery can be intimidating, but understanding what to expect during colorectal surgery can help alleviate fears and prepare you for your upcoming surgery.

What does Colorectal Surgery Treat?
Colorectal surgery is typically prescribed for the treatment of certain diseases or cancer when medication is not enough to treat the issue. Common causes for colorectal surgery include:

  • What is colorectal cancer?
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulosis
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures

How to Prepare for Colorectal Surgery
Before your procedure Meet the CHRIAS surgeons will meet with you to help answer any questions about colorectal surgery. Typically, before surgery your physician will require details about your health history and a general physical exam. You may be asked for a blood sample, as well. Additionally, if your age or health requires it, you may be scheduled to have an EKG, lung function test, or chest x-ray.

Some patients may be required to take a laxative the night before surgery. This helps to prevent an infection from bacteria already existing in the intestine. It is important that you follow the instructions carefully to prevent infection. Typically, you will be instructed to avoid eating or drinking after midnight the night before surgery.

The day of surgery your anesthesiologist will inject medication through an IV that will put you to sleep during surgery. Your procedure will vary depending on whether you require laparoscopic or open surgery; your surgeon will explain your customized procedure during a prior consultation. On average, patients recover in the hospital for three to six days after surgery, although it may be less with a more minor operation.

Having a skilled surgeon will help you feel more prepared and confident about your upcoming colorectal surgery. Our board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Vaid bio, specializes in colorectal surgery, with extensive knowledge in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. To learn more about colorectal surgery in Delaware, Contact CHRIAS online, or speak to a patient advocate by calling 302-892-9900.

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