Surgery for Bowel Cancer

Cases of cancer of the Bowel have been increasing quite rapidly. This may be attributed to changes in lifestyle, nutrition, as well as the environment. Bowel cancer occurs when there is an increase or mutation of cells in the bowel region. This usually leads to the growth of a tumor. Usually, Bowel cancer affects people aged 55 years and above. In order to get rid of it, the following procedures are used.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is also known as Keyhole or Minimal Invasive Surgery. Several incisions (small cuts) are used to remove the cancerous growth or tumor. This is in contrast with the usual Open Technique, where one large incision is used. A thin, flexible tube known as laparoscope consisting of a light and camera is passed through an incision.

Open Surgery

In this type of surgery, a larger cut is used to access the growth. The surgeon may remove the whole colon or the affected area.

Just like any other cancer case, early detection and treatment is essential. A patient is more likely to fully recover if the surgery or treatment is carried out while the cancer is in its early stages. The success rate will also depend on age, extent, and also region affected. The medical practitioner will usually advise the patient on the most viable option.

Dr El-Khoury will discuss the operation detailing the indications, the risks and the benefits of the surgery and will also supplement his discussions with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons information on the surgery.