Your appendix is attached to your colon. Everyone who loses their colon automatically loses their appendix.
Yes really. The appendix is attached to the colon. There is no way to remove the colon without removing the appendix.
I work at Anatomical Pathology where these fresh samples from the operating go. I had a total colectomy. And just an info what I know when it says TOTAL colectomy, it means the whole ,entire colon or large intestine out. And its true appendix is attached to the colon, so to remove the colon entirely appendix is also out.
But Gall Bladder is different. Check your records for that ,if they took it out too at the same time but the procedure Total colectomy doesn't include gall bladder removal.
summerstorm- to the lab where I work what we do with these samples, if all colon is out, we basically give a brief description on the sample, open it out. It is a tube like thing so we open it ,rinse with water then GROSS exam it. What I mean with gross is to give a description what sample was received, if tumor is seen and where it is located or whatever abnormality you can observe or describe it too as normal to the parts where you can see that it is unremarkably normal. After Grossing, colon sample will be soak in Formaldehyde for 24 hours for FIXATION.
After fixation, representative samples from the different parts of the colon so as the damage part or tumor will be taken for processing in a machine which will take again another 24 hours. Then, a lab technologist will embed these samples in what they call paraffin. After embedding, then tissue cutting. Tissue cutting means the representative samples will be cut in microns (very,very thin)to be able to put this in a slide. Once slides were prepared it is given to the Pathologist for him or her to see in a microscope. The pathologist is the one who makes and confirms the diagnosis. Then report will be given to the doctors or surgeons in charge to relay the pathological report of the sample.
I hope I have given you a brief information on how it works in the lab.
If you had a subtotal, they most likely connected the ascending colon to your rectum, so in that case you'd still have your appendix. There is a joke where I work at because of the amount of surgeries I've had (33) and the number of times they've been in my abdomen (12) that I still have my appendix. I also had a subtotal and have about a foot left.
correction go to google.ca enter digestive system -anatomy then click google search
mommy sorry if you google.ca and type in digestive system -anatomy you can't find a good site. I went through it. A better one is digestive system -human anatomy. don't forget to type human.
choose the topmost.