Meckel's diverticulectomy is surgery to remove an abnormal pouch on the lining of the small intestine (bowel). This pouch is called a
You will receive general anesthesia before surgery. This will make you sleep and unable to feel pain.
If you have open surgery:
Surgeons can also do this surgery using a laparoscope. A laparoscope is a tiny camera that is inserted into your belly through a small cut. Video from the camera will appear on a monitor in the operating room. The surgeon uses the monitor to do the surgery.
In surgery using a laparoscope:
Treatment is needed to prevent:
The most common symptom of Meckel's diverticulum is painless bleeding from the rectum. Your stool may contain fresh blood or look black and tarry.
Risks for anesthesia and surgery in general are:
Risks for this surgery are:
Always tell your doctor or nurse:
During the days before your surgery:
On the day of your surgery:
Most people stay in the hospital for 1 to 7 days depending on how extensive the surgery was. During this time, the doctors and nurses will carefully monitor you.
Treatment may include:
You will also be given fluids and nutrition through a vein (IV) until your doctor or nurse feels you are ready to start drinking or eating. This could be as soon as the day after surgery.
You will need to follow up with your surgeon in a week or two after surgery.
Most people who have a Meckel's diverticulectomy have a good outcome. But the results of any surgery depend on your overall health. Talk with your doctor about your expected outcome.
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Last reviewed on: 10/25/2014
Reviewed by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, general surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.