Review Article

History of right colectomy for cancer

Carmen F. Fong, Marvin L. Corman


Colon operations have evolved over time. In ancient texts, the abdomen was never entered. Surgical techniques improved with anesthesia and antisepsis. Colostomies were a natural response to obstruction until the 19th century, when colon resection with primary anastomosis started to emerge. The surgical approach to right colectomy has been refined in the past century.

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