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Overview: Hartmann procedure is a surgical removal procedure of rectum and a portion of bowel. This surgery is carried out to treat colorectal cancer when rectum and bowel of your gastrointestinal system are no longer functional.Learn More
Hartmann procedure is carried out in presence of general anesthesia. In the first stage of the Hartmann procedure an incision will be made in your abdomen. Then your surgeon will open up your abdomen to expose the bowel and rectum. This step helps in the identification and removal of diseased portions of the tissue. The surgeon will then create a stoma or surgical hole in the abdominal wall. Then the cut end of the bowel will be connected to the stoma in order to allow fecal waste to exit the body. Depending on your condition, you will be fitted with a colostomy-a small external bag that collects the waste. For some people, colostomy is temporary, for others, it can be permanent. Colostomy depends on individual circumstances and cannot always be predicted in advance. Hartmann surgery lasts about two-four hours.
You will be asked to follow a liquid diet to allow time for the bowel to heal.Learn Less
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