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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the complications and/or side effects of total anus removal?

    Due to post surgery radio therapy after colorectal tumor removal, my healthy colon has been damaged and I now look to have a permanent iliostomy. My surgeon is discussing total removal of my lower bowel including my rectum and anus. How likely is the possibility that ther will be residual nerve damage from surgery meaning I have limited function “down there”?
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    Thank you for your question.

    Total removal of the rectum and anus can certainly cause discomfort after surgery, due to the pressure placed in the region whilst sitting for periods at a time.

    Nerve damage and muscle tone can be affected, but it is important to discuss this with your treating doctor in order to understand the treatment. 

    You may also require post surgery which can have an impact on further recovery, minimising muscle tone within the rectal wall.

    I highly advise you go through all of these concerns with your treating doctor, specific to your condition.

    Kind Regards,
    Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser

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