Colon Resection Surgery Specialist

Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C.


Every year, more than 600,000 people in the United States undergo colon resection surgery to treat conditions that affect the colon. At the office of Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. in Fairbanks, Alaska, board-certified general surgeon Timothy Teslow, MD, and the team use advanced tools and techniques to perform colon resection surgery so you get the best possible outcome. To schedule a consultation, call the office today.

Colon Resection Surgery Q & A

What is colon resection surgery?

Colon resection surgery refers to procedures that remove part or all of your colon. Your colon, which is your large intestine, is the last section of your digestive tract.

Types of colon resection surgery include:

Total colectomy

During a total colectomy, your surgeon removes your entire colon.

Partial colectomy

A partial colectomy involves the removal of only a portion of your colon. 


For a hemicolectomy, your surgeon removes the right or left section of your colon. 


During a proctocolectomy, the surgeon removes your colon and rectum.

What medical conditions may require colon resection surgery?

You may need colon resection surgery if you have a disease that affects the colon, and medical interventions aren’t working or are not an option.

Colon resection surgery is most often used to treat:

  • Colon cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Bowel obstructions
  • Diverticulitis
  • Uncontrolled bleeding in the colon

Surgeons also perform colon resection surgery as a preventive treatment for colon cancer. You may be a candidate for the procedure if you have a history of multiple precancerous colon polyps or an inherited genetic condition that increases your risk of developing colon cancer. 

What happens during colon resection surgery?

Your surgeon at Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. creates a colon resection surgical plan that’s specific to your needs. They review the details of your surgery at your consultation.

Your surgeon performs your procedure using general anesthesia, so you’re asleep during the surgery. Depending on your unique needs, you may have open or minimally invasive colon surgery.

Minimally invasive colon resection surgery

When possible, the team at Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. performs colon resection surgery using minimally invasive techniques. This means your surgeon uses small incisions and special tools to remove your colon. 

For you, minimally invasive surgery means smaller scars, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery.

Open colon resection surgery

During an open colon resection surgery, your surgeon makes a large incision through your abdomen to gain access to your colon and perform the procedure. 

Though the team prefers using minimally invasive techniques when performing colon resection surgery, they may recommend the traditional open procedure if it can provide a better surgical outcome for you. 

How long is the recovery after colon resection surgery?

Recovery following a colon resection surgery varies and depends on the surgery type and your overall health. However, you need to spend at least two weeks at home after your surgery — whether minimally invasive or open — to allow your body to rest and recover.

Call the office of Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C .to discuss your colon resection surgery.