abdominoperineal resection

Pronunciation: (ab-DAH-mih-noh-PAYR-ih-NEE-ul ree-SEK-shun)

Surgery to remove the anus, the rectum, and part of the sigmoid colon through an incision made in the abdomen. The end of the intestine is attached to an opening in the surface of the abdomen and body waste is collected in a disposable bag outside of the body. This opening is called a colostomy. Lymph nodes that contain cancer may also be removed during this operation.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Resection of the colon with colostomy. Part of the colon containing the cancer and nearby healthy tissue are removed, a stoma is created, and a colostomy bag is attached to the stoma.

2004-06-23 Date last modified: 2005-01-12