What Is Colon Cancer Surgery?
Colon cancer is a serious health concern that often requires surgical care. In many instances, a surgical approach offers the best treatment option for patients diagnosed with various stages of colon cancer. At Sierra Pacific Surgical, our leading general surgeons provide open and robotic colon cancer surgery for Sacramento area patients using the latest in advanced technologies and techniques. Colon cancer surgeries often focus on removing the cancerous portion of the colon, nearby lymph nodes, and some of the tissue surrounding the area. The entire colon may require removal in some cases. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colon cancer, please schedule a consultation at our Folsom or Roseville, CA, practice location to learn about your surgical options.
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How Is Colon Cancer Surgery Performed?
When colon cancer is diagnosed in the early stages, it can often be treated through minimally invasive surgery. This may include the removal of polyps (polypectomy) during a colonoscopy or the removal of a small portion of the inner wall of the colon during an endoscopic mucosal resection. Robotic surgery with the da Vinci surgical system might also be possible, which involves small incisions in the abdomen to access cancerous areas. In some cases, a colectomy may be performed by our Sierra Pacific Surgical team with laparoscopic or robotic surgery.
Advanced stages of colon cancer may require an open surgery procedure, which involves creating a larger opening in the abdominal wall to access the colon. These surgeries may include removing all or part of the colon (along with surrounding lymph nodes and tissue) and reconnecting the colon to maintain its function. A colostomy may also be necessary when the healthy portions of the colon cannot be reconnected. With a colostomy, the healthy end of the colon is affixed to an opening created in the abdominal wall and a colostomy bag is attached to rid the body of waste.
Colon Cancer Surgery FAQ
What can I expect with colon cancer surgery?
Our skilled general surgeons perform robotic and open colon cancer surgeries in several accredited surgical facilities throughout the Sacramento area. Surgery is typically conducted under general anesthesia and can last between 1 – 4 hours or more, depending on the type of surgery required.
How long will I need to stay in the hospital?
The length of hospital stay required for colon cancer surgery will vary according to the surgical procedure performed and individual needs. On average, patients may spend 4 – 5 days in the hospital following their colon cancer procedure.
When can I resume normal activities?
Many patients can begin resuming some normal activities within about a week following minimally invasive or minor surgeries. This timeframe may be longer for those who require open colon cancer surgery or more extensive procedures. Our surgeons can provide details on what to expect during the recovery process and when certain types of activities, such as strenuous exercise and heavy lifting, can be resumed.
Advanced Treatment for Colon Cancer
Getting the expert, compassionate care you need when facing colon cancer is important to your health and quality of life. Our skilled surgical team is pleased to offer experienced care to those in need of colon cancer surgery in Sacramento and throughout Northern California. To schedule a consultation with one of our general surgeons, please contact Sierra Pacific Surgical today.