Surgery setup images for Bowel Resection (Colectomy/Hemicolectomy)


Mayo stand and back table instruments for Bowel Resection (Colectomy/Hemicolectomy) surgery setup

Clamping & Occluding

  • Hemostatic Clip Applier

    Hemostatic Clip Applier

  • Curved Hemostat

    Curved Hemostat

  • Right Angle Clamp

    Right Angle Clamp

  • Kocher Forceps

    Kocher Forceps

  • Kelly Forceps

    Kelly Forceps

  • Straight Hemostat

    Straight Hemostat

  • Babcock


  • Allis Forceps

    Allis Forceps

Cutting & Dissecting

  • #3 Knife Handle

    #3 Knife Handle

  • Metzenbaum Scissor

    Metzenbaum Scissor

  • Curved Mayo Scissor

    Curved Mayo Scissor

  • Straight Mayo Scissor

    Straight Mayo Scissor

Grasping & Holding

  • Toothed Forcep

    Toothed Forcep

  • Smooth Adson

    Smooth Adson

  • Adson Forceps

    Adson Forceps

  • Russian Tissue Forceps

    Russian Tissue Forceps

  • Forester Sponge Forceps

    Forester Sponge Forceps

  • Ferris Smith Tissue Forceps

    Ferris Smith Tissue Forceps

  • Non toothed Pickup

    Non toothed Pickup

  • Debakey Forceps

    Debakey Forceps

Retracting & Exposing

  • Bookwalter Retractor

    Bookwalter Retractor

  • Balfour Retractor

    Balfour Retractor

  • Tessier Malleable Retractor

    Tessier Malleable Retractor

  • Army-Navy Retractor

    Army-Navy Retractor

  • Richardson Retractor

    Richardson Retractor

  • Deaver Retractor

    Deaver Retractor


  • Yankauer Suction

    Yankauer Suction

  • Poole Suction Probe

    Poole Suction Probe

Suturing & Stapling

  • Mayo-Hegar Needle Holder

    Mayo-Hegar Needle Holder

What to expect during Bowel Resection (Colectomy/Hemicolectomy)

A bowel resection surgery is a procedure where a part of the small intestine is removed and the remaining parts are reconnected. This is done to treat conditions such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulitis, among others. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and requires specialized instruments and a skilled surgical team to ensure its success.

Extra Equipment
ESU, suction 

Folded towels, laparotomy drape

Step 1: Incision and Mesentery Dissection
The first step in a bowel resection surgery is making an incision to gain access to the small bowel. A 10 blade is typically used for this purpose. Once the incision is made, the mesentery is cut into and dissected. It is important to maintain hemostasis throughout this process to prevent excessive bleeding.

Step 2: Identification and Removal of Affected Small Bowel
After the mesentery is dissected, the affected part of the small bowel is identified and removed. This is typically done using either a TA or GIA stapler to connect the two ends of small bowel back together. The resected piece of small bowel should be handed off as a specimen for further analysis.

Step 3: Closure
Once the affected section of small bowel has been removed, closure begins in layers. The first layer of closure is typically the peritoneum, which is closed using a running absorbable suture. Next, the fascia is closed with interrupted non-absorbable sutures. Finally, the skin is closed using either a running subcuticular suture or staples.

Tips and tricks
Have long instrument trays available, as well as a Balfour and Bookwalter retractor. Always have different size clips easily accessible. The resected part of the bowel being removed should be kept separate in order to avoid contaminating the rest of the sterile setup. Any instruments that become contaminated with bowel contents should also be taken off of the sterile field. A separate sterile field may be requested for the end of the case for closing, containing extra gowns, gloves, and a minor procedure tray.

Scar after Hemicolectomy surgery

The Surgery Sparknotes

  1. Make incision with 10 blade to access small bowel.
  2. Cut and dissect mesentery while maintaining hemostasis.
  3. Identify and remove affected small bowel using TA or GIA stapler.
  4. Hand off resected piece as specimen.
  5. Closure begins in layers: peritoneum, fascia, skin.

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