Colon Resection Postoperative Complications

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.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 Oct 2001

Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015