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Is it ever recommended to get a colectomy for constipation?

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Dr. John Marks
Surgery

In brief: Yes, for Certain dx

Constipation, common problem that is managed by medicines and diet the vast majority of the time.
For certain conditions (colonic inertia, megacolon- where patients aren't going to the bathroom for >5days) surgery is an option. Often entails removal of the colon and sewing the small bowel to the rectum. Done laparoscopically. Tremendous improvemnt in quaility of life when properly selected.

In brief: Yes, for Certain dx

Constipation, common problem that is managed by medicines and diet the vast majority of the time.
For certain conditions (colonic inertia, megacolon- where patients aren't going to the bathroom for >5days) surgery is an option. Often entails removal of the colon and sewing the small bowel to the rectum. Done laparoscopically. Tremendous improvemnt in quaility of life when properly selected.
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Dr. Sean O Donovan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Yes-sometimes needed

In very limited circumstances, constipation can become severe, and then it might be appropriate to consider subtotal colectomy to remove a non-functional colon as it may become a threat to life in very rare circumstances--again, not common, and a very drastic change, but sometimes necessary!

In brief: Yes-sometimes needed

In very limited circumstances, constipation can become severe, and then it might be appropriate to consider subtotal colectomy to remove a non-functional colon as it may become a threat to life in very rare circumstances--again, not common, and a very drastic change, but sometimes necessary!
Dr. Sean O Donovan
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In brief: No

No.

In brief: No

No.
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