Surgical Procedures

Colon Cancer Surgery in Phoenix, AZ

Patients who are fortunate enough to have their colon cancer diagnosed early on are often excellent candidates for a surgical procedure to remove the cancerous tissue. These various types of surgery will depend primarily upon where the cancer is located, how widespread it is, and what the ultimate goal of the surgery is.

When is a Polypectomy Used?

If an individual possesses cancerous colon polyps, then these can often be removed during a polypectomy. Colon polyps are small growths of tissue that extend from the inner wall of the colon. While most colon polyps are harmless, some can certainly develop into colon cancer.

To remove a colon polyp, your doctor will pass a wire loop through the colonoscope (an endoscopic tool used to examine the inner colon). Once the wire is in place around the base of the polyp, an electrical current is passed through the wire to sever the polyp from the wall of the colon.

What is a Local Excision?

A similar procedure called a local excision can also be used to remove cancers growing inside of the colon. The main difference between a polypectomy and a local excision is that a local excision also aims to remove part of the colon tissue. Obviously, this is only necessary if the cancer has begun to affect the lining of the colon.

Despite being a more complex procedure, a local excision is still able to be performed without making any incisions in the patient’s abdomen. This minimally invasive technique allows the patient to recover much more quickly, and also lowers their risk of potential complications such as bleeding or infection.

Various Types of Colectomies

If a substantial part of the colon, or the entire colon needs to be removed, then it is known as a colectomy. Instances in which only a portion of the colon is removed is referred to as a partial colectomy, or a segmental resection. Those that require all of the colon to be extracted will need to undergo a total colectomy.

Most cases of colon cancer will involve a partial colectomy since a total colectomy is more commonly used to treat more chronic conditions like ulcerative colitis or familial adenomatous polyposis. After the necessary tissue has been removed, your surgeon will attach the remaining ends of the colon to one another before completing the surgery.

Whenever a colectomy is performed it is also customary to resect nearby lymph nodes as well in order to test them for any signs of cancer that may have spread outward to other areas of the body.

How Does a Doctor Treat a Blocked Colon?

It is also possible for cancerous tissue to form a blockage inside the colon. This is especially dangerous for any patient as it will cause their health to deteriorate very quickly if not addressed as soon as possible.

If the person continues to have their health compromised by a blocked colon then they are highly unlikely to survive any sort of other surgical treatments for their colon cancer. For this reason, any sort of blockage will need to be treated before continuing with any additional colon surgeries.

Additional Information About Colon Cancer

To learn more about surgeries performed by Agave Surgical Specialists to treat colon cancer or other conditions of the colon, please contact one of our local offices today by calling:

Chandler: (602) 582-5233
Mesa: (480) 887-4895

COVID-19 Update

The providers and staff here at Agave Surgical Specialists want you to know that we are here for you.

In efforts to keep our patients safe and healthy during this time, we are offering telemedicine visits for certain diagnosis.  If you are interested in utilizing telemedicine for your visit, please let our friendly staff know at the time you are making your appointment!

Agave Surgical Specialists is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. 

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling one of our offices.

Here are a few additional resources as well: 

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

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