The treatment of rectal cancer has evolved from being solely a surgical endeavor to a multidisciplinary practice. Despite the improvement in outcomes conferred by the addition of chemoradiation therapy to rectal cancer treatment, advances in surgical technique have significantly increased rates of sphincter preservation and the avoidance of a permanent stoma. In recent years, intersphincteric resection for low rectal cancer has been offered and performed in patients as an alternative to abdominoperineal resection. An overview of this procedure, including indications, oncological and functional results based on current literature, is presented herein. © 2012 Constantine P. Spanos.
Spanos, C. P. (2012). Intersphincteric resection for low rectal cancer: An overview. International Journal of Surgical Oncology. https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/241512