During anterior exenteration, the reproductive organs at the front of the pelvic cavity are removed. This includes the bladder and urethra. However, the rectum, anus and colon are left intact.
Also Known As:
- Pelvic anterior exenteration
- Pelvic surgery
- Reproductive surgery
- Cancer surgery
Conditions Treated with Anterior Exenteration:
Anterior exenteration is utilized to treat cancer of the bladder, vagina, cervix, ovaries, vulva, or uterus.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to anterior exenteration.
Anesthesia with Anterior Exenteration:
Anterior exenteration is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Anterior Exenteration:
Possible risks following anterior exenteration include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience an incisional hernia.
Recovery from Anterior Exenteration:
Recovery following anterior exenteration takes six to eight weeks.