A lower abdominal surgery, low anterior resection
involves cutting out the upper part of the rectum where it connects to the
colon. The colon is then attached to the anus to allow for passage of waste.
- Rectal cancer
Treated with Low Anterior Resection:
Low anterior resection is performed in cases of
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to
low anterior resection. Surgical alternatives to the procedure include pelvic
exenteration and abdominoperineal resection.
with Low Anterior Resection:
Low anterior resection is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
Complications from Low Anterior Resection:
Possible risks following low anterior resection
include swelling, infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the
anesthesia. It is also possible for the cancer to return and for a temporary
colostomy to be needed.
after Low Anterior Resection:
The prognosis for a positive end result following
low anterior resection is very good.
from Low Anterior Resection:
Total recovery from
low anterior resection takes three to six weeks.