Healthcare: Cancer Care

Recurrent and Re-operative Colon Surgery


Recurrent and re-operative colon surgery is a procedure that is performed when cancer in the colon has returned after initial treatment or when a previous colorectal surgery was unsuccessful. This type of surgery can involve removing a section of the colon, the rectum or anus, and the surrounding lymph nodes. Usually, it is recommended to wait several weeks or months before considering re-operative surgery to ensure that the body has fully healed.

Recurrent and re-operative colon surgery is usually recommended for patients who have experienced cancer relapse or who have persistent or recurrent symptoms, such as bowel obstruction or perforation, that require surgical intervention. Patients who have undergone previous colorectal surgery and need additional treatment may also be considered for this procedure. Typically, patients who are in good overall health, are not too elderly and do not have advanced cancer or other significant medical problems are candidates for recurrent and re-operative colon surgery.

Recovery from recurrent and re-operative colon surgery can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual patient’s health. It is common for patients to experience some pain, discomfort, and fatigue following surgery, and they will need to follow a specific diet to aid in their healing process. Most patients can expect to stay in the hospital for a few days after the operation before being sent home to continue their recovery. During this period, doctors will monitor the patient's progress and make sure they follow all postoperative instructions. Patients can generally expect to fully recover after several weeks or months of diligent care and follow-up appointments with their doctors.