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Bowel cancer surgery. Clip 33 of 39. Footage of surgeons replacing the intestines of a 65-year-old woman inside her abdomen following open surgery to remove a malignant bowel tumour. This is a late stage of the operation and the bulk of the tumour has already been removed (debulking). The intestines are being returned through the plastic tubing used to extract them through an incision. For the clip showing the implanting of this tubing, see K002/9662. This stage will be followed by suturing and stapling as the surgeons close up the incisions. The operation started out as a laparoscopic procedure (keyhole ports visible protruding from the abdomen), but was converted to open surgery. The tumour was a primary cancer that had already spread elsewhere in the patient's body, but the procedure was still performed in order to provide relief (palliation) from symptoms. Bowel cancer (also called colon cancer or colorectal cancer) affects the lining of the large intestine. It is one of the most common cancers in the developed world. For the entire sequence, see clips K002/9677 to K002/9639.
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