Bowel Resection

[ri-sek-shun n] A surgery to remove all or part of your large bowel.

What Happens in a Bowel Resection Procedure?

There are different kinds of bowel resection procedures. The treatment recommended for you will depend on the area of your bowel that needs to be removed.


Your colorectal surgeon will discuss your bowel resection procedure in detail.


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It?s normal to have questions about this procedure. We?re here to help you feel informed and comfortable with your treatment plan.

What Happens After the Procedure?

After your bowel resection surgery, you will need to keep your wound clean and dry for four days. Your dressings will usually stay in tact.


After this time, your dressings will be removed and you may shower as normal. When you shower, make sure you dry the wound thoroughly.


Wounds can be closed with either staples or sutures. If you have staples, they will need to come out around ten days after your operation. Your local doctor should be able to assist you with this.


It?s normal to have irregular bowels and even a small amount of bleeding from the rectum after a bowel resection (even if you have a stoma bag).


It?s also normal to experience a change in appetite after major bowel surgery. Your colorectal surgeon will advise you if there are any specific dietary requirements for your recovery period. Generally, though, you should opt for small, frequent meals, and ensure you have adequate fluid intake.

After surgery

Please contact your medical professional if you experience any of the following symptoms.

If you have any concerns or you experience any of the above symptoms, please contact Coast Colorectal on (07) 5598 0825 during business hours, Monday to Friday. If it?s a weekend or after hours, please contact your GP or hospital instead.

Excessive bleeding

Excessive bleeding with clots that does not settle over two or three days

Increasing pain

Increasing pain, swelling or redness around your wound

Abdominal pains

Ongoing weight loss

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