Surgery for Colon Cancer

Minimally Invasive Approach

At Scott & White, the majority of operations are performed with minimally invasive techniques. Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Better cosmetic result
  • Quicker recovery times, allowing you to:
    • Return to your daily routine sooner
    • Begin future treatment sooner
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Fewer complications

Not all patients are candidates for a minimally invasive approach. Factors affecting the decision to use minimally invasive techniques include:

  • Tumor size, stage or location
  • Patient obesity and health
  • Prior surgeries

Your physician team may recommend the surgical removal of all or part of your colon. Your team may recommend other treatments in addition to surgery. At Scott & White, we use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible and appropriate, based on your condition.

At Scott & White, treatment goals for colon cancer generally are centered on colon-preserving treatments. Our philosophy is to preserve as much of your colon as possible.

Surgical Procedures

Your operation may be performed using one of the following methods:

Your physician will discuss which option is best for you. As with all operations, there are some risks. Your surgeon will discuss those risks with you.

Partial Colectomy

In this surgical procedure, your colorectal surgical oncologist will remove your tumor and some surrounding healthy colon tissue as well as adjacent lymph nodes. Your surgeon will reattach your colon.

This surgery is also called:

  • Hemicolectomy
  • Segmental resection

Total Colectomy

In this surgical procedure, your colorectal surgical oncologist will remove your tumor, your entire colon and adjacent lymph nodes. You will need a colostomy.

Colostomy

In some cases, your surgeon may not be able to reconnect your colon and you may require a colostomy. In this procedure, your surgeon will create a passage, called a stoma, through your abdominal wall that’s connected to your colon. Your feces will pass through the stoma. You’ll be instructed in how to care for the stoma and keep it sanitary.

A colostomy may be temporary or permanent.

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