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Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548

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Subtotal Colectomy (Feline)

Megacolon is described as a chronic or persistent dilation of the large intestine (particularly the colon) and hypomotility (abnormally slow movement/motion) that is associated with constipation. Megacolon is generally termed idiopathic megacolon due to its unidentifiable cause

The surgical procedure of megacolon is a subtotal colectomy where most of the colon is removed. This procedure of taking away the colon and reconnecting the remaining intestine is called resection and anastomosis. The newly formed intestine is carefully sutured together and checked for any place a leak might occur. This now shortens the transit time for stool and lessons the chance for constipation.  When fecal matter remains in the colon for a prolonged period of time, it will dehydrate and solidify, making it hardened and difficult/painful to pass. The collected feces then can become so large and hard to pass that the ability to make passage through the pelvic canal is impossible. If left untreated, the prolonged distention of the colon can cause problems that cannot be fixed in the colonic smooth muscle and nerves.

How much does a Subtotal Colectomy cost?

The all inclusive fee is $1,900.00

This includes:

  • Intake Physical Examination
  • Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork: CBC, full chemistry panel, clotting profile when indicated
  • EKG
  • I.V. Catheter
  • I.V. Fluids
  • Pre-Anesthetic analgesia drugs
  • Anesthesia induction drugs tailored to the individual patient
  • Preoperative imaging (Radiographs)
  • Anesthesia Maintenance on isoflurane
  • Anesthesia monitoring by: EKG, CO2 end tidal, O2 saturation, Blood pressure, body temperature
  • Subtotal Colectomy Surgery
  • Post-surgical recovery monitoring
  • Hospitalization as required
  • Take home medications
  • Recheck appointments