Glossary Term:


abdominoperineal resection


ab-<b>dah</b>-muh-no-<b>pair</b>-uh-<b>NEE</b>-uhl re-<b>sek</b>-shun


also called AP resection or APR. A type of surgery for rectal cancer, in which 2 cuts are made, one in the abdomen (belly), and the other around the anus. This allows removal of the anus and tissues around it. A permanent colostomy is needed after this surgery. See also abdomen, anus, colostomy, rectum.