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New life-changing surgical technique means patients avoid colostomy bag

Added: Monday 30 March 2015

UK surgeons have pioneered a technique for removing large polyps from the rectum without damaging it. Polyps in the rectum are more likely to turn cancerous the larger they grow, but removing large polyps carries the risk of damaging the rectal area so that the patient has to use a colostomy bag for the rest of their life after the operation. The new surgical technique allows one doctor to pull the polyp away from the rectal wall while another doctor cuts it out. This minimises damage and preserves rectal function.