This section is about surgery for cancer that starts in the back passage (rectal cancer). The type of surgery you have depends on the position and the size of the cancer in the rectum.
The type of surgery you have for cancer of the back passage (rectum) depends on the position and the size of your cancer.
A colostomy is an operation to create an opening (stoma) of the large bowel (colon) onto the surface of the tummy (abdomen).
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.
How you feel after your operation depends on what type of surgery you have.
There is a risk of problems or complications after any operation. Many problems are minor but some can be life threatening.
You might have surgery if advanced bowel cancer blocks your bowel and causes symptoms. And sometimes you can have surgery to remove cancer that has spread to your liver or lungs.