Find out about surgery for early bowel cancer.
Find out about different types of surgery for cancer of the large bowel (the colon). The type of operation you have depends on the position of the cancer in the bowel.
Find out about different types of surgery for cancer of the back passage (rectal cancer).
You have an appointment at the pre assessment clinic 1 or 2 weeks before your operation. Find out what happens and the tests you might have.
You’ll probably go into hospital on the day of your operation or the day before.
On the day of your operation your surgeon or nurse will explain about having an anaesthetic.
A colostomy is an operation to create an opening (stoma) of the large bowel (colon) onto the surface of the tummy (abdomen).
An ileostomy is an opening (stoma) of the small bowel (ileum) onto the surface of the tummy (abdomen).
How you feel after your operation depends on what type of surgery you have.