The rectum is the last section of the digestive tract, present at the far end of the large intestine (bowel). It acts as a storage area for feces until it can be passed out through the anus. Laparoscopic low anterior resection is performed to remove cancer present in the lower two-thirds of the rectum.
During the laparoscopic surgery, your doctor makes small incisions in your abdomen to insert the laparoscope (special instrument guided by a camera) and surgical instruments. The surgeon removes the lower part of the rectum containing the tumor and the left side of the bowel, along with a length of healthy tissue on either side of the tumor. The 2 ends of the bowel are then rejoined with the help of sutures or staples. The incisions are then closed with the help of “skin glue” or dissolvable sutures. In cases where a large portion of the bowel is removed and cannot be rejoined, an ostomy is performed to create a stoma (small hole in your abdomen) in order to help you remove the waste products from your body.
As with all surgeries, laparoscopic low anterior resection may be associated with certain complications such as temporary stoppage of bowel activity, leakage of stool at the joined section of the bowel, damage to the bowel and reduction in the storage capacity of the rectum.
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