Surgery is a common treatment for cancer of the colorectal system. A group of side effects that can occur after having this surgery is called Low Anterior Resection Syndrome (LARS). These side effects can include faecal incontinence, incomplete emptying and an increase in urgency. Changes in bowel function can significantly impact patients and their quality of life.
The POLARIS-pilot study aims to establish the prevalence of LARS in patients who have had colorectal surgery and investigate the treatment options available. These treatment options include optimised conservative management, transanal irrigation and sacral neuromodulation.