Rectal Cancer Surgery
There are 2 types of rectal cancer surgeries, depending on the stage of the cancer.
TransAnal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS)
If rectal cancer is detected early, a new procedure called a transanal local excision can be performed through the anus and without an incision to the abdomen. It is an option for patients with small early-stage rectal cancer that is near the anus opening but has not spread to the anus or sphincter. This procedure is minimally invasive, requires less operative time, and offers faster recovery.
Rectal Resection Surgery
For more advanced cancers, rectal resection surgery can be performed in which our surgeons remove the diseased section of the rectum, plus nearby lymph nodes. This is called a low anterior resection. After removing the diseased section, the two healthy parts of the intestine are reattached. We utilize a minimally invasive approach to speed recovery and minimize complications versus traditional open surgery performed through an abdominal incision. There are two surgery options:
- Robotic-assisted surgery – Made possible with da Vinci® technology, fewer, smaller incisions are made for insertion of surgical equipment and a camera for viewing to complete the procedure.
- Laparoscopic – Again, using small incisions, long-handled tools are inserted to perform surgery while viewing magnified images from the laparoscope (camera) on a video screen.