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What is a segmental resection?

The most commonly performed colon surgery is a segmental resection, which is often performed laparoscopically. In this procedure, surgeons remove the cancer, a section of normal colon on either side of the cancer, and nearby lymph nodes, and then reattach the sections of the remaining colon. Sometimes a temporary colostomy may be needed for recovery.

A segmental resection is where a part or segment of your bowel is removed during surgery. Segmental resections can be used to treat colon cancer as well as a variety of other colon problems such as diverticulitis.

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