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View in Spanish: Anastomosis coloanal de lado-a-final

Side-to-end coloanal anastomosis ( KOH-loh-AY-nul uh-NAS-toh-MOH-sis)
A surgical procedure in which the side of the colon is attached to the anus after the rectum has been removed. A section of the colon about 2 inches long is formed into a mini-pouch in order to replace the function of the rectum and store stool until it can be eliminated. This procedure is similar to the J-pouch coloanal anastomosis but a much smaller pouch is formed.



 
 
Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.