Bowel cancer surgery

We know being diagnosed with bowel cancer is a worrying and difficult thing to go through. Neil Kukreja is dedicated to ensuring any treatment you need is arranged promptly, and that you’re experience is as comfortable, stress-free and reassuring as possible.

Surgery is the most common treatment for bowel cancer. The type of surgery you need will depend on the location and size of the tumour, and whether or not it has spread.

If you are diagnosed with bowel cancer privately, you can choose to continue your care privately, or you will also have the option to be treated via the NHS.

If you do choose to continue to be treated privately, Neil will ensure that all necessary treatments are arranged. You’ll also be referred to an oncologist, who will discuss with you any other treatments that may be required, such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Neil will work closely with your oncologist to ensure a seamless patient journey and a thorough treatment plan.

Surgery is the most common treatment for bowel cancer. The type of surgery you need will depend on the location and size of the tumour, and whether or not it has spread.

If you are diagnosed with bowel cancer privately, you can choose to continue your care privately, or you will also have the option to be treated via the NHS.

If you do choose to continue to be treated privately, Neil will ensure that all necessary treatments are arranged. You’ll also be referred to an oncologist, who will discuss with you any other treatments that may be required, such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Neil will work closely with your oncologist to ensure a seamless patient journey and a thorough treatment plan.

Frequently asked questions

about bowel cancer surgery

What type of bowel cancer surgery will I need?

There are different procedures and techniques depending on the location of your cancer, how big the tumour is and whether or not it has spread.

Neil will discuss with you all of the options available to you. Modern techniques include laparoscopic, minimally invasive procedures that use tiny incisions instead of open surgery.

Additionally, Neil can offer robotic-assisted surgery for suitable patients at London Bridge Hospital.

How long will I stay in hospital after bowel cancer surgery?

Depending on your procedure, you’ll likely stay between 3 and 7 days in the hospital. The more major your surgery is, the longer your stay is likely to be.

Will I need a stoma?

Sometimes, during the procedure, Neil will need to create a stoma. This is an opening in your abdominal wall that connects to the bowel. It means that your stools will pass out through the stoma into a disposable bag, rather than through your rectum.

Stomas can either be temporary or permanent. Neil will discuss with you whether or not it is likely that you will need a stoma ahead of your procedure.

What happens if the cancer has spread?

If your cancer has spread to other parts of your body, you will most certainly be offered a combination of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Neil will ensure your care is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team including specialist oncologists.

There are some occasional surgical procedures required to treat cancer that has spread. If this is the case, Neil will arrange for you to be seen by a specialist in that area for rapid treatment at specialist facilities.