Pelvic exenteration is a long operation that takes about eight hours. It’s usually carried out by two or more surgeons, who work together to remove the cancer and reconstruct or replace some of the organs.
The surgeons involved in the operation include a specialist cancer surgeon (oncological surgeon) and a plastic surgeon (reconstructive surgeon).
Depending on the type of pelvic exenteration you have, you may have a urostomy, a colostomy, or both, made. Some women may also have a new vagina made (vaginal reconstruction).