The Colon & Rectal Clinic of Ft. Lauderdale

CRC Ft. Lauderdale believes in the power of knowledge.   We offer the most current information on colon disease and minimally invasive procedures.

Risks and Complications of Surgery

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks that accompany open and laparoscopic colon surgery. This is why it is important to weigh the benefits of the surgery against the risks. Complications are unplanned events, such as excessive bleeding, infection, or reaction to anesthesia. Some of the risks can occur in any type of surgery. Infection—deep or at the skin level—can occur. Infections can involve the abdominal incision. Deep infections, known as peritonitis, can occur and may involve the abdominal cavity. These deep infections may require long-term antibiotics and surgery. Bleeding during or after the operation may require a blood transfusion or additional surgery. And painful or ugly skin scars are always a possibility.

Colon surgery problems that can occur include the following: damage to the spleen, perforation of the stomach and/or intestines, injury to the bladder and the connecting tubes, injury to the internal female organs (including the uterus and ovaries), unexpected difficulties resulting in a temporary or permanent colostomy, hernias through the incision, or abdominal wall disruption or breakdown that would require additional surgery.

It is important to discuss possible complications with your surgeon prior to your operation.

Possible Complications of Open Surgery

Complications of open surgery can include muscle stripping, organ failure, blood clotting, or injury to blood vessels.

Because of the larger incision, patients undergoing open surgery require a longer recovery period.

Possible Complications of Minimally Invasive Procedure

It is important to choose a surgeon who has advanced training in laparoscopic techniques. Complications of a minimally invasive procedure can include bleeding, a leak where the colon was reconnected, injury to or perforation of organs (such as the small intestine, ureter, or bladder), injury to blood vessels, a blood clot in the lung, trocar injuries, or infection.

It is possible that a surgeon might need to convert from a minimally invasive procedure to an open surgery during the operation. This decision is made by the surgeon and is based on what is best for the patient.