We use cookies to so our web site can function correctly. By Clicking "OK" or by clicking into any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more visit the cookies section of our privacy policy.

Privacy Statement

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Cookie group mandatory

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required

Functional

These cookies allow us to adtertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Marketing

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.  All information collect is annonomas unless you provide personal information to us.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Hartmann's procedure

HARTMANN COLOSTOMY

Hartmann's procedure treats various bowel conditions. Our colorectal surgeons have a wealth of knowledge in this area

About

This procedure removes part of the sigmoid colon or the rectum - sometimes parts of both.

It can treat a number of bowel problems including cancer and diverticular disease (tiny pockets in the bowel lining). A Hartmann's procedure can also be carried out in an emergency, such as a bowel blockage, perforation or an abscess of the bowel.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    This major surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic, so you'll be asleep throughout. Your surgeon may carry out the operation as keyhole surgery (laparoscopically). If it's an emergency, it will be open surgery. A cut is made in your tummy and the diseased part of the colon is removed. A new path needs to be made so that waste can leave your body, so the end of the large bowel is used to form a new opening (stoma). This is then passed through the abdominal wall and attached to the skin, forming a colostomy. The rectum is closed off using stitches and placed back inside your body. This procedure can be reversed in the future.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    If the procedure in an emergency, there may not be time for preparation. However in most instances you will firstly be given medication to clear your bowel. Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. As you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You will wake up with a drip to keep you hydrated, and to replace body fluids. You’ll also have a catheter in your bladder to drain urine – this is usually removed within 1-2 days. Your bowels may be sluggish initially, but your stoma will start to make sounds after two or three days and you’ll have a bowel movement within five days. There will be a colostomy bag over your stoma. Depending on your recovery, you can expect to be home after five days. Your nurses will let you know how to take care of your stoma. Bowel continuity can usually be restored (reversal of stoma and the bowel joined back up) within 3-6 months.
Consultant with patient

Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • facility-pgh-hero-579x579

    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
back to top