• Colectomy for treating megacolon and constipation in cats

A large section of the large bowel is cut away and the remaining ends are sutured together to recreate the tubular integrity of the gut. Colectomy is usually performed in a way that saves the junction between the small intestine and the large intestine.This makes it much less likely that incontinence of sloppy faeces will be an issue post-operatively. Colectomy is a serious piece of surgery and we always warn owners that there is a small, but significant, risk of peri-operative death. If the repair of the gut fails, then life-threatening peritonitis (inflammation and infection of the body cavity) results.

16th November 2013