Anal Sphincter Preservation
Anal sphincters are the muscles surrounding the anus that provide fecal continence, or the ability to control farting or defecation. The preservation of anal sphincter function and the avoidance of the need for permanent colostomy are of utmost importance. The preservation of continence is determined by the knowledge and skill of the surgeon. Your specialists continuously refine their techniques to preserve the anal sphincter during operations for cancer of the colon and rectum, and other colorectal conditions.
Repair can also be done to anal sphincters damaged by prior surgery and childbirth injuries. Techniques are now available to assess sphincter function by Anal Manometry, Endoanal ultrasound, and nerve testing.