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Colon cancer – colectomy information and locations in Mexico

Colon cancer or colorectal cancer begins in the final part of the digestive tract (large intestine). Normally starts as a small benign clump of cells called polyps, eventually, these become colon cancer.
Treatment usually involves colectomy surgery to remove cancer. Surgery consists of the partial or total removal of the colon, how much is removed depends on the stage of cancer; smaller growths will only need a small section of the colon to be removed, while larger growths could cause the entire colon to be extracted. Specific cases might need chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Types of surgery for colectomy

Polypectomy
In smaller cancer or early stages, the polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy.
Colectomy
This procedure can be done as open or laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon accesses the part where the cancer is, then a part of the entire colon is removed along with nearby tissue. The healthy portions of the colon or rectum are connected so waste leaves your body normally. In some cases, it can be connected to a colostomy bag that will collect the waste.
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Benefits
Save up to 48%
Can treat other conditions
Reduces the risk of recurrence
Stops benign growths from becoming cancer
Can be done as laparoscopic surgery
Colon cancer
Procedure: 2 hrs.
Hospital stay: 2 - 3 days
Cleared to fly: 7 - 10 days
After surgery
Out of town patients’ follow-ups are scheduled with the surgical oncologist after 7 - 12 days from colon cancer surgery. Patients are clear for flying after 7 - 10 days from colon cancer surgery.
Note: See with the specialist what follow-up or postoperative care you need to take with a primary care physician, or specialist in your home city, regarding sutures or medication adjustments after the procedure.
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Colon cancer – colectomy frequent questions

Get answers to our most frequently asked questions and what to expect after the procedure.
Am I a candidate for colectomy?
Colon cancer patients are the main candidates for this procedure, but some people who have a high risk of developing cancer may choose to have surgery in order to prevent developing cancer in the future.
Will I have laparoscopy or open surgery?
This depends on the size of the cancer, and while laparoscopic surgery is the preferred method, as it leads to less scaring, not every patient is eligible for it. Laparoscopic surgery tends to be used to treat smaller cancers that require a short section of the colon to be removed, while open surgery is required for bigger tumors.
How do I prepare for colectomy?
Your doctor will ask you to stop taking certain medications a couple of days before the procedure, in addition to instructing you to do bowel prep in order to keep your intestines clean for the surgery, this includes taking laxatives and only drinking clear liquids or broths the day before the surgery.
How much of my colon needs to be removed?
This is related directly to the extent of cancer. Earlier stages of cancer only require a small section to be removed, while late-stage cancer might need the complete removal of the bowels.
How will my diet change after surgery?
Patients who had a small part of their colon removed won’t have to drastically change their diets, however, it’s recommended that all patients spend the first 6 weeks after the surgery on a low-fiber diet and drink more water than usual in order to reduce their number of bowel movements and to improve their recovery.

Disclaimer: This information does not reflect the medical advice from our clinics. All cases are different and this treatment may not suit you. Always refer to a medical professional with the certification and experience. All of our physicians are fully qualified to perform these procedures. For more information and diagnosis contact one of our top specialized clinics.

In all medical procedures, there are chances of complications, the specialist will provide you detailed information about the risks of the procedure, talk to the specialist directly.