abdominoperineal resection

What is an abdominoperineal resection?

An abdominoperineal resection is a surgery in which the anus, rectum, and sigmoid colon are removed. This procedure is most often used to treat cancers located very low in the rectum or in the anus.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/16/2015.


  • Perry WB, Connaughton JC. Abdominoperineal Resection: How Is It Done and What Are the Results? Clin Colon Rectal Surg Aug 2007; 20(3): 213–220.
  • American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons. Laparoscopic Surgery - What Is It? Accessed 1/20/2015.

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