Bowel Resection for Colorectal Cancer
Resection is another name for any operation that removes tissue or part of an organ. Bowel resection, also called partial colectomy, for Reference colorectal cancer Opens New Window removes the tumor and part of the colon or rectum on either side.
The goal of bowel resection is to take out the part of the colon or rectum where the cancer is. Nearby Reference lymph nodes Opens New Window are taken out and tested for cancer. Then healthy parts of the colon or rectum are sewn back together. Bowel resection is done either by opening the abdomen (open resection) or by Reference laparoscopy Opens New Window.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 27, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Kenneth Bark, MD - Surgery, Colon and Rectal