Colectomy is large bowel resection.
Preparation for a large bowel resection; At least two weeks before surgery, tell your doctor about all the medications you’re taking. You should include supplements such as vitamins and herbs. You should also inform them about any recent illnesses including any colds, flus, or herpes breakouts. Before surgery, your doctor may need you to: stop taking blood-thinning drugs, such as aspirin (Bufferin), ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), or warfarin (Coumadin)-stop smoking-drink plenty of water-eat foods high in fiber
After a large bowel resection You’ll generally stay in the hospital for 5-10 days. You may need to stay in the hospital longer if you develop complications. You may also need to stay longer if you have a more serious underlying health problem. You’ll have to follow specific instructions about how to eat after your surgery. You’re generally able to drink clear liquids by the second or third day. As you heal, you’ll be able to drink thicker fluids and eat soft foods.