The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, the state's only comprehensive cancer center, offers sphincter-saving surgery for patients with rectal cancer.
This surgery is used in the treatment of rectal cancers. Every attempt is made to preserve continence and avoid a permanent colostomy with the primary goal of removing all the cancer.
In the process, the entire rectum and draining lymph nodes are completely removed (total mesorectal excision) to decrease any risk of cancer recurrence. A small "pouch" is often constructed to allow for better bowel function after the operation.