Abdominoperineal resection: How is it done and what are the results?

W. Brian Perry, J. Christopher Connaughton

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Abdominoperineal resection (APR) for many years was the treatment of choice for most patients with rectal cancer. Recent advances in surgical technique and other treatment modalities have led to a marked increase in the rate of sphincter-sparing operations, with a concomitant decrease in APR. However, it is still necessary in selected patients, especially those with very distal tumors or poor sphincter function. This review will cover the history of APR, current operative strategy and complications, oncologic and quality of life results, as well as potential future advances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-220
Number of pages8
JournalClinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Abdominoperineal resection
  • Rectal cancer
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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