Glossary Term:


colo-anal anastomosis


<b>ko</b>-lo-<b>A</b>-nuhl uh-<b>nas</b>-tuh-<b>MO</b>-sis


surgery for rectal cancer in which the rectum is removed and the colon is attached to the anus. Sometimes a small pouch is made to take the place of the rectum, by doubling back a short segment of colon (colonic J-pouch) or enlarging a segment (coloplasty). A temporary colostomy is needed while the pouch heals. See also anus, colon, colostomy, low anterior resection, rectum.