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Understanding Your Colon or Rectal Surgery

How do you make your surgery a positive and meaningful experience? Many patients and families find it helpful to learn as much as they can before the surgery.

The health care professionals at your hospital developed this content. It will increase your general knowledge of colon or rectal (colorectal) surgery, help you prepare for surgery and guide you through recovery. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical or professional advice.

Because the goal is to give you comprehensive information, this website content might seem a bit overwhelming at first. Read at your own pace. It is to your benefit to have read all the content before your surgery.

Your health care providers will work with you and your family to help create your recovery plan. They will reinforce this information and answer any questions you have.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Understanding Your Colon or Rectal Surgery, can-ah-95399
First Published: 01/24/2013
Last Reviewed: 08/15/2017