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Sphincter Sparing Procedures (Rectal Reconstruction)

Diagram of rectal cancer - colon tumor or polypRectal cancer can be a surgical challenge. The location of a tumor deep within the bony pelvis often makes the area inaccessible. Our surgeons have special training and expertise to allow them to safely remove tumors located close to the anus, and safely reconstruct the bowel - leaving the sphincter mechanism intact. All but the lowest tumors are amenable to this approach. The laparoscopic or minimally invasive technique is also possible in many patients.

While bowel patterns will never be the same as preoperative function, a sphincter sparing procedure allows one to use the toilet “normally,” without a permanent colostomy. A temporary stoma is commonly necessary to allow the area to heal completely, but this is reversible.

Call our office today to see if you qualify for this approach. Whenever possible, we offer this approach to patients. When we cannot, it is because it would compromise the adequacy of tumor removal, and decrease the possibility of cure. Our biggest goal is to cure your disease, but we are aggressive at sparing sphincters wherever possible.






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