Colorectal Surgery
CMUH colorectal surgeons perform hundreds of operations each year, mainly use of laparoscopic techniques. Moreover, CMUH are one of the few institutions in Taiwan where surgeons from different specialties routinely resect tumors from different organ during the same operation.
In the case of colon or rectal cancer that has metastasized to the liver, a colorectal surgeon and a hepatic surgeon often work together to remove the cancer. This approach combines two operations into one and streamlines the treatment of patients with advanced tumors.
CMUH surgeons are also active in teaching and research, and try to find new and better ways of diagnosing and treating colorectal disease and educating our next generation of surgeons.
CMUH offers fellowship training in colon and rectal surgery accredited by the Taiwanese Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Our mission is to provide an educational experience that will teach our fellows and residents the fund of knowledge and surgical/clinical skill required of a colon and rectal surgeon.
Dr. Tzu-Liang Chen (陳自諒) and his expert team deliver cutting-edge treatment solutions that are personalized for every patient.
Sophisticated Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques
CMUH surgeons are using sophisticated minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat a wide range of colorectal problems. From removing cancerous growths to treating inflammatory bowel disease, our team of expert surgeons are performing advanced procedures through multiple small incisions, and in some cases, without any incisions at all.
The benefits of minimally invasive colorectal surgery versus open-abdominal procedures are many including shorter hospital stay and faster return to normal activities. Our surgeons perform some procedures via robot-assisted surgery, which can improve precision during the procedure.
Below is a list of minimally invasive colorectal surgery procedures offered at CMUH. This list will continue to grow as we add more minimally invasive surgical options.
Small bowel resection: Removal of part of the small intestine
Segmental colectomy/left or right colectomy: Removal of a portion of the colon »More about colectomy
Total abdominal colectomy: Removal of the entire colon
Total proctocolectomy: Removal of the colon, rectum, and anus
Restorative proctocolectomy with ileoanal pouch anastomosis
Stoma creation for fecal diversion
Diagnosis and Treatment
For diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the colon, rectum, and small bowel:
Staging laparoscopy: These procedures are performed to determine the extent of the cancer, or to "stage" the cancer. Information gathered from this examination helps physicians create the best treatment plan.
Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM): a minimally invasive technique in which certain early or superficial rectal tumors can be removed through the anus
Segmental colectomy/left or right colectomy: Removal of a portion of the colon »More about colectomy
Abdominal perineal resection: Removal of the anus, rectum, sigmoid colon, and creation of a permanent colostomy
Total abdominal colectomy and Total proctocolectomy: Removal of the entire colon, rectum, and anus
Small bowel resection: Removal of part of the small intestine
Stoma creation for fecal diversion: This surgery creates an opening in the abdomen for stool to pass through.
Diagnostic laparoscopy: Physicians perform this procedure to diagnose disease.
Small bowel resection (removal) for radiation enteritis.
Total abdominal colectomy: Removal of the colon for intractable chronic constipation, or familial polyposis.
Correction of volvulus, or twisting of the large intestine.
Segmental colectomy: Removal of part of the colon for ischemic bowel disease, or diverticular disease.
Rectopexy for rectal prolapse: This involves the surgical placement of internal sutures to secure the rectum in place.