Article Abstract

History of right colectomy for cancer

Authors: 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.