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In colon resection, a portion of the colon is removed (resected) during surgery. The most common types of colorectal resection are listed below.
After certain types of surgery, the colon and rectum may need to be kept clear of stool while they heal. In other cases, the rectum has been removed or can’t be reconnected to the rest of the colon. In either case, a colostomy is needed. This creates a new opening in the abdomen so waste can leave the body. You may need the new opening for a short time, or permanently. If you had a colostomy during colorectal surgery, your healthcare providers will help you learn how to care for it.