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A 29-year-old female asked:

Can people die under going colitis surgery?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Well,technically yes: ..But that would be fantastically rare. Especially in a non-emergent situation, removal of all or part of the colon should not be that taxing, and the risks of surgical demise would be minuscule. Now, in the extreme elderly or in folks with multiple co-morbidities, or an emergent situation, such as toxic megacolon, the risk of death would be higher , but still low. Good luck.

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Last updated Jan 10, 2013

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