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Can you tell me about rectal bowel cancer surgery and been left with pain because of nerve damage?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Possible n. damage

Pelvic pain following colorectal cancer is not common because a careful dissection preserves the nerves that are dissected adjacent to the blood vessels associated with lymph node dissection.
The ilio hypogastric nerve and ilio inguinal nerves are the two most common nerves dissected and for which preservation attempted but which may be damaged causing pain.

In brief: Possible n. damage

Pelvic pain following colorectal cancer is not common because a careful dissection preserves the nerves that are dissected adjacent to the blood vessels associated with lymph node dissection.
The ilio hypogastric nerve and ilio inguinal nerves are the two most common nerves dissected and for which preservation attempted but which may be damaged causing pain.
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