Types of Colorectal Cancer Surgery

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What is Colorectal Surgery?

Colorectal surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery that specialises in treating conditions that affect the colon, rectum and anus. This is most often performed to treat colorectal cancer, the most common cancer in Singapore.

Singapore colorectal surgery is preferably done using minimally invasive techniques where possible, as these provide better outcomes in terms of scarring, discomfort and risk of complications.


Colorectal surgery treats a wide scope of colon and rectal problems, from benign cases like haemorrhoids to more aggressive ones like inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer.

When it comes to colorectal cancer surgery in Singapore, it is best performed by an experienced and accredited colorectal surgeon who has in-depth knowledge in the disease and in the ideal type of surgery to perform in each individual situation.

Colorectal Surgery in Singapore

Colorectal cancer, also known as rectal, bowel or colon cancer, refers to malignant tumors that develop in the large intestine. In Singapore, it is the most common cancer among men and the third most common cancer among women. Though common, colorectal cancer in its early stages is very treatable via surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

When detected early, colorectal cancer poses a survival rate of up to 80% to 95%. Left untreated, however, the cancer can invade nearby lymph nodes and other organs like the liver.

Laparoscopic Surgery for Colorectal Cancers

Colorectal surgery may be done traditionally (open surgery) or laparoscopically (minimally invasive). Here, instead of creating a long incision across the abdomen to access the organs, small incisions are made, through which a laparoscope (a small light and camera that transmits clear images to a viewing screen outside) and other microsurgical instruments are inserted. This results in minimal pain and bleeding after surgery and a significantly faster recovery.

Surgical Procedures for Colorectal Cancer

Depending on the severity and location of the cancer, there are several types of colorectal surgery in Singapore a doctor may choose from, some of which include:







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