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What happens during step 4 of an ileocolectomy and colectomy?

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After the bag has been removed, the ends of the colon will be pulled through the enlarged incision. Your surgeon will then use a stapling device or sutures (stitches) to rejoin the bowel. This rejoining is called an "anastomosis." Before the operation is completed, the surgeon will rinse out the abdominal cavity and check the anastomosis for leaks. Lastly, all of the incisions in the abdomen will be stitched or taped closed.

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American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 13, 2017

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American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 13, 2017

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