What to know before your colorectal cancer surgery

Understanding your upcoming colorectal cancer surgery can help you make informed decisions.

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Advocate for yourself

You can be your own best advocate by learning as much as possible about surgery you are having.

Talk to your doctor and care team about your surgical options, the recovery, and any post-surgery lifestyle changes you may face.

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Questions to ask before surgery

Knowing what to ask isn't always easy. We've made a list of important questions:

  • Can you describe the surgery I will be having?
  • Will it be a laparoscopic or open procedure?
  • What are you planning to remove during surgery?
  • Do you think I may need a colostomy? Will it be temporary or permanent?
  • Is this the standard type of surgery for my condition?
  • How many times have you performed this type of operation successfully?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • How will my pain be controlled after surgery?
  • How soon after surgery will I have all test results?
  • What are the risks with this type of surgery?
  • Can you describe what my recovery from surgery will be like?

Things to consider before surgery

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