Right hemicolectomy is used to treat unobstructed carcinomas of the caecum, ascending colon and hepatic flexure.
The abdomen is opened and the terminal ileum, ascending colon and hepatic flexure are mobilised. The mesentery is divided and the growth and surrounding bowel removed. An anastomosis is made between the ileum and the transverse colon. The anastomosis is drained when possible.
The operation is performed under general anaesthetic. The patient will stay in hospital for 7-10 days and be off work for 6 weeks.
Last reviewed 01/2018