Naab Road Surgical Group
General Surgery located in Indianapolis, IN
Colon cancer is the fourth most common cancer affecting men and women in the United States. With years of extensive training and experience, the surgeons at Naab Road Surgical Group are highly qualified to perform your colon cancer surgery, giving you optimal results and the best chance for going on to enjoy a thriving life. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Indianapolis or use the online booking feature.
Colon Cancer Surgery Q & A
What Procedures are Performed Before Colon Cancer Surgery?
Before you’re scheduled for colon cancer surgery, you’ll undergo an array of tests to determine exactly where your cancer is located, the size of the tumor, and whether it has spread into the colon or beyond the colon.
To get all the information needed for successful surgery, you’ll need tests such as:
- Blood tests
- Diagnostic colonoscopy
- Tissue biopsy
- Imaging tests (CAT scan, X-rays, ultrasound, MRI)
When your biopsy shows the cancer has spread, imaging tests are essential for determining how far the cancer has gone in your body and what areas are affected.
In some cases, your doctor at Naab Road Surgical Group may order genetic tests that help determine which treatment will work best for your individual cancer.
When is a Polypectomy Used for My Colon Cancer Surgery?
A polypectomy with or without an excision works well for early colon cancers that haven’t spread beyond the colon. Your doctor at Naab Road Surgical Group performs this procedure using a colonoscopy.
During a colonoscopy, a long flexible scope is guided through your colon. A video camera in the colonoscope provides a magnified view of the colon wall so polyps are easily identified. When a polyp is visualized, a surgical tool is passed through the colonoscope and used to cut the polyp away from the colon wall.
If cancerous cells have spread from the polyp and into the lining of the colon, your surgeon at Naab Road Surgical Group excises the cancer in the lining together with a small amount of the healthy tissues surrounding the tumor.
When is a Colectomy Used for My Colon Cancer Surgery?
A colectomy is done when colon cancer has spread beyond the lining and into the fibrous tissue or muscle in the colon wall. During a colectomy, all or part of the colon, as well as the nearby lymph nodes, are removed.
When a portion of the colon is removed, the remaining ends are reattached. If the entire colon is removed, the colon or small intestine is connected to an opening in your abdomen to allow waste to leave your body.
Your surgeon may perform your colectomy using open surgery with one long incision or minimally invasive surgery, which uses a few small incisions.
When you need colon cancer surgery, call Naab Road Surgical Group or schedule an appointment online.
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