Colorectal Cancer Surgery

Colorectal Cancer Surgery

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer, or also known as colon cancer, is a type of cancer that affects the large intestine. In the early stages, small benign cells (or polyps) develop in the colon. These polyps will now grow and develop as cancerous colon cells.

Signs and Symptoms

Many people with colon cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. But when the symptoms appear, they’ll likely vary. It also depends on the size of the cancer cells and their location in the large intestine. Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:
  • Persistent changes in bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation)
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  • Abdominal discomforts like cramps, gas or pain
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
It is highly recommended to consult and seek medical attention once the patient starts to experience the signs. Notably, in the early stages of cancer, the infected cells can be stopped from spreading to other organ cells if you treat the disease as soon as possible. Also, a minimal recurrence of colorectal cancer can be observed when the surgeon performs the procedure in due time.

Various Treatment Options

Before performing the treatment surgery, patients should know that there are other treatment options for colorectal cancer:
  • Radiotherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Colorectal surgery
Studies show that colorectal surgery is more effective and affordable compared to other treatment options.

Types of Colorectal Surgery

Open Surgery

Traditionally, open surgery has been performed for removing portions of the colon affected by cancer. This involves make a large incision on the abdominal wall to access the abdominal cavity. Many surgeons still perform open surgery for colon cancer, and at times, it may be the only option.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery)

The colorectal surgeon begins by cleaning the abdominal region with an antiseptic soap. Then, the surgeon begins the procedure on the abdomen by making three to four incisions. The laparoscope (thin tube) is then inserted into the internal organs of the affected region. Gas is pumped (Carbon IV oxide) to expand the abdominal cavity, therefore allowing the surgeon to have a better view during the procedure. When it’s done, the surgeon will close the blood vessels that supply blood to the colon. From here, the practitioner will start to remove the colon. After the procedure, the surgeon will remove carbon IV oxide gas from the abdominal cavity, then it will stitch up the patient.

Get Examined Today

Know the state of your colon by consulting us. We provide general surgical treatments for colorectal cancer with minimally-invasive results. Rest assured that we’ll guide you from the consultation phase to surgery and post-surgery recovery phase.