Surgery may be necessary to treat bowel cancer. The aim of surgery is to remove the area of bowel affected by cancer and usually a small amount of healthy tissue either side, to ensure all the cancer cells are removed.
Lymph nodes near the bowel are usually removed as well. These are small bean-shaped organs that are part of your immune system. These are usually taken out because cancer tends to spread to the lymph nodes.
Bowel surgery for cancer usually requires a hospital stay of around ten days. It is done under general anaesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the procedure and will feel no pain.
Your surgeon will explain the benefits and risks of having bowel surgery, and will discuss any alternatives to the procedure.
The bowel surgeons at our Cardiff Colorectal Centre who undertake bowel cancer surgery are: Mr Michael Davies, Mr Jared Torkington and Mr Simon Phillips.