Low Anterior Resection

A low anterior resection (LAR) is a common surgery for rectal cancer. This procedure involves the removal of the rectum. The colon is then attached to the remaining section of the rectum to allow for normal bowel movement.

Low anterior resections are most commonly used in treating stage 2 and 3 rectal tumors, but they may sometimes also be used to treat stage 1 tumors. LAR can be used to treat upper, mid, and low rectal tumors – the surgeon will decide what type of procedure is best based on each patient and tumor’s unique factors.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, our patients can access a full spectrum of surgical treatments for rectal cancer, and each individual receives a treatment plan that is tailored to his or her unique needs. Our surgical oncologists are committed to:

  • Producing the best possible surgical outcomes
  • Providing each patient with a high quality of life after surgery
  • Preparing comprehensive, multispecialty treatment recommendations in conjunction with the other members of a patient’s treatment team

As a high-volume cancer center, Moffitt has surgeons with extensive experience in performing complex gastrointestinal procedures, including low anterior resection surgery. Our five-year survival rates for rectal cancer are significantly higher than the national averages – even when including patients with more extensive, later-stage malignancies.

Individuals can consult with the experienced surgical oncologists at Moffitt Cancer Center with and without referrals. To learn more about low anterior resection or any of our other advanced treatments, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.