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Surgery

Find out about surgery for early bowel cancer.

Surgery for colon 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.

Surgery for rectal cancer

Find out about different types of surgery for cancer of the back passage (rectal cancer).

Preparing for surgery

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.

Going into hospital

You’ll probably go into hospital on the day of your operation or the day before. 

On the day

On the day of your operation your surgeon or nurse will explain about having an anaesthetic.

Having a colostomy

A colostomy is an operation to create an opening (stoma) of the large bowel (colon) onto the surface of the tummy (abdomen).

Having an ileostomy

An ileostomy is an opening (stoma) of the small bowel (ileum) onto the surface of the tummy (abdomen).

After surgery for bowel cancer

How you feel after your operation depends on what type of surgery you have. 

Last reviewed: 
30 Sep 2015

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