Lower anterior resection

Lower anterior resection

A lower anterior resection, formally known as anterior resection of the rectum and anterior excision of the rectum or simply anterior resection, is a common surgery for rectal cancer. It is commonly abbreviated as LAR.

LARs are for cancer in the proximal two-thirds of the rectum. [American Cancer Society. Detailed Guide: Colon and Rectum Cancer. cancer.org. URL: [http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_4x_Surgery_10.asp?sitearea= http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_4x_Surgery_10.asp?sitearea=] . Accessed on: February 5, 2008.]

LARs, generally, give a better quality of life than abdominoperineal resections. [cite journal |author=McLeod RS |title=Comparison of quality of life in patients undergoing abdominoperineal extirpation or anterior resection for rectal cancer |journal=Ann. Surg. |volume=233 |issue=2 |pages=157–8 |year=2001 |pmid=11176119 |doi=] [cite journal |author=Grumann MM, Noack EM, Hoffmann IA, Schlag PM |title=Comparison of quality of life in patients undergoing abdominoperineal extirpation or anterior resection for rectal cancer |journal=Ann. Surg. |volume=233 |issue=2 |pages=149–56 |year=2001 |pmid=11176118 |doi=]

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