• 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 surgery, and we always warn owners that there is a small but significant risk of peri-operative death. If the gut repair fails, then life-threatening peritonitis (inflammation and infection of the body cavity) results.

16th November 2013