CG-100 Patients

Colorectal Surgery, Anastomosis and External Bypass

As a patient with colorectal cancer, your oncologist and surgeon may recommend surgery to remove the cancerous part of your bowel. A dangerous complication of this surgery is internal leakage of digestive waste where the two healthy ends of your bowel are surgically reconnected.

 As a result, an ostomy bag is often used to temporarily divert the waste outside the body from an opening in your abdomen.

In recognition that living with an ostomy bag can present daily challenges that can affect overall health and quality of life for colorectal patients, an alternative has been developed and is being evaluated in this clinical study.

What is an ostomy?

An ostomy is often required for patients undergoing surgery for colorectal cancer.

  • Surgeons create a hole – called a stoma – in the abdomen that brings the small intestine to the surface.
  • Digestive waste is then released directly from the small intestine into an ostomy bag.
  • The bag, which sits outside of the body, is currently considered the standard treatment for colorectal surgeries where internal leakage is a concern.
  • A follow-up surgery is performed in 2-12 months to remove the ostomy bag and reconnect the bowel.

Having an ostomy bag can lead to medical complications, greatly reduce quality of life and extend recovery time.

What is The Colospan device?

The Colospan Device, being evaluated in this clinical trial, is a temporary bypass that may have several potential benefits compared to an ostomy bag:

  • Increased quality of life
  • Ability to participate in more day-to-day physical activities
  • Decreased need for additional surgery
  • Faster recovery time

More than 100 patients have received the Colospan Device in clinical studies in Europe and the U.S.

What are the differences between the Colospan device and an ostomy bag?

Colospan Device

One surgery

Digestive waste passes through the device and is discharged normally through the anus

Device is removed after approximately 10 days

Following removal, patients have the potential to return to normal life quickly

Ostomy Bag

Two surgeries (additional surgery for stoma reversal)

Digestive waste is discharged into an ostomy bag through a hole (stoma) in the abdomen without voluntary control

Stoma remains in place for 2-12 months

Living with a stoma can impact quality of life and lead to health issues

Individual results may vary. Be sure to discuss your individual symptoms, diagnosis and treatment with your surgeon.

If you are a rectal cancer patient between the ages of
22-70 planned to undergo a colorectal surgery
and would like to be considered for the study, click here.