Patients with potentially curable colorectal cancer can gain shining results with a properly performed surgery. In the majority of such cases, a surgical operation involves removal, or resection, of the primary cancer and the lymph nodes surrounding it.
There are a number of different types of surgical procedures that are used in the treatment and management of colorectal cancer. The appropriate procedure is recommended by doctors based on the size and spread of the cancer.
Surgical Management of Colorectal Cancer
There are several options when it comes to the surgical treatment and management of colorectal cancer. Here is a brief look at them to give you an idea of the alternatives you have:
- Polypectomy: There are some cancers that seem to be less aggressive and limited to the head of a single polyp. These cancers show no signs of spreading to the blood vessels, lymph system or nervous system which therefore means that they may be removed with a local excision. In order to avoid unnecessary invasive surgery, cancers like this can be removed during a colonoscopy. When it is performed properly, local excision can be an effective and safe procedure.
- Open Colectomy or Conventional Surgery: In this type of surgery, the surgeon creates a large opening in the abdomen to reach the cancer. An open colectomy involves the removal of the cancer as well as some of the normal lymph and bowel nodes surrounding the cancer. After these are removed, the two cut ends of the colon are sewn together.
- Laparoscopic Surgery: Also known as minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery allows surgeons to perform procedures with just a few small incisions on the abdomen. A small tube holding a camera is inserted into the abdomen, giving the surgeon a live view of the inside of the patient’s body. This picture is displayed on a monitor so that the surgery is performed by watching the screen. The cancer is then removed through another incision that is slightly larger.
- Da Vinci Surgical System: The da Vinci robotic surgical system may be used for colorectal cancer procedures such as colectomy (colon resection surgery) and proctectomy (rectum resection). This system is another one that uses significantly smaller incisions than traditional open surgery for colorectal cancer. Many patients with this cancer can gain benefits such as speedier return of bowel function and faster return to a normal diet because the cuts by this device are smaller as previously mentioned. More colorectal cancer patients are pressing the button for the da Vinci robotic surgery for the treatment and management of their cancer.
As you can see, there are many options that you can choose from when it comes to surgery for colorectal cancer. You can have a discussion with your doctor to find the best type of surgery for your particular case to ensure the best possible results.
At Desert West Surgery, we have a team of highly qualified and skilled medical professionals and staff to provide you with the best care. Our oncological surgeon, Dr. Wydell Williams is an outstanding surgeon with years of experience. Our goal is to make sure that you get the medical treatment that you need and deserve in a warm and friendly environment where you can always feel safe and secure. If you or a loved one may be suffering from colorectal cancer and need surgery, call 702-383-4040 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Williams.