Long-Term Bowel Dysfunction and Decline in Quality of Life Following Surgery for Colon Cancer: Call for Personalized Screening and Treatment

Video Author:Sanne J. Verkuijl, M.D. • Edgar J.B. Furnée, M.D., Ph.D. • Wendy Kelder, M.D., Ph.D. • Christiaan Hoff, M.D. • Daniel A. Hess, M.D. • Fennie Wit, M.D. • Ronald J. Zijlstra, M.D. • Monika Trzpis, Ph.D. • Paul M.A. Broens, M.D., Ph.D.

Published on:November 14, 2022

Different long-term bowel function problems occur after right or left hemicolectomy or sigmoid colon resection. The latter seems to be associated with more constipation than right or left hemicolectomy. Liquid incontinence and fecal urgency seem to be associated with right hemicolectomy, which may explain the decline in physical and mental generic quality of life of these patients.