Tampa General Hospital’s Endoscopy Center is a leading destination for abdominoperineal resection. This is a major surgical procedure that treats cancers located in the lower rectum or anus near the sphincter muscles, which control bowel movements.

At TGH, our highly skilled surgical team uses the most technologically advanced imaging and laparoscopic surgery techniques to spare as much healthy tissue as possible and ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.


Abdominoperineal resection involves the complete removal of the:

  • Sigmoid colon, or the end of the large intestine
  • Rectum
  • Anus


There are different ways to approach abdominoperineal resection, but at TGH, our colon and rectal surgeons perform total mesorectal excisions (TME) of rectal cancers. During TME, surgeons remove the rectum and surrounding tissues entirely. This approach has been proven to have the least likely rate of cancer recurrence. Additionally, our surgeons are not only trained in this important technique, but they also teach other surgeons from across the country how to perform a total mesorectal excisions.

Immediately following abdominoperineal resection, a pouch is fitted to the stoma, an opening in the body a surgeon makes that connects the large intestine to the surface of the skin on the belly. The pouch is used to collect evacuated stool and gas. During recovery from this procedure at TGH, patients work with dedicated specialists who demonstrate the proper way to attach and remove the pouch from the stoma and ensure that healing is progressing as expected.


At TGH, we don’t just practice medicine, we define it. This evident in the expertise of our surgeons as well as our affiliation with the University of South Florida. We are an academic center involved in advancements of technologies and treatments for colorectal cancer and other colorectal conditions, allowing us to provide our patients with world-class care.

Tampa General Hospital is recognized as Top 20 in the Nation and the Highest-Ranked Hospital in Florida for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery by U.S. News & World Report 2023-24.