Most colon resections, both open and laparoscopic, heal without problems; however, all surgical procedures carry risk. Complications associated with colon resection are infection, injury to surrounding organs during the procedure, and leakage from the anastomosis.
Symptoms that can indicate a postsurgical complication include the following:
- Drainage, bleeding, or swelling at the incision site
- Pain unrelieved by medication and comfort measures
- Rectal bleeding
- Sudden fever
The appearance of any one of these symptoms should be reported immediately to the surgeon.