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.
Your operation may be performed using one of the following methods:
- Traditional open surgery
- Traditional laparoscopic surgery
- Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery
- Single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS)
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.
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:
- Segmental resection
In this surgical procedure, your colorectal surgical oncologist will remove your tumor, your entire colon and adjacent lymph nodes. You will need a 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.