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Side Effects of a Partial Colectomy

author image Tuan Dinh
Dr. Tuan Dinh has 10 years of experience in writing and publishing in science and medicine. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering/nuclear engineering from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Side Effects of a Partial Colectomy
You may experience side effects after partial colectomy. Photo Credit: Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images

A partial colectomy is the surgical removal of a section of the colon. This surgery is used to treat a number of diseases and conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, bowel obstruction and bowel perforation, according to Partial colectomy is an invasive procedure and comes with a number of complications.

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Early Complications

Early complications are complications that occur within 30 days of surgery. According to a 2008 study published in the "American Journal of Gastroenterology," the most common early complications of partial colectomy are abscess, infection and fistulas. Roughly one in every four patients undergoing partial colectomy will suffer from early complications, according to a 2009 review published in "Genetics in Medicine."

Late Complications

Late complications are complications that occur after 30 days, but within six months of colectomy. According to a study published in the "American Journal of Gastroenterology", the most common late complications are small bowel obstruction, urosepsis, pneumonia and bacteremia. Late complications occur in roughly half of patients undergoing partial colectomy.

Mortality Rate

According to a review published in the journal "Genetics in Medicine," partial colectomy has an overall 30-day mortality rate of 0.9 percent. This means that one in every 111 patients will die due to complications related to partial colectomy.

Other Complications

According to the Mayo Clinic, other complications of partial colectomy include bleeding, injury to nearby organs, and blood clots in the lung and the legs.

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