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Robotic Colorectal Surgery

Robotic Colorectal Surgery

If medicine or lifestyle changes do not help your colorectal condition, your doctor may suggest surgery. Common colorectal conditions include:

  • Diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease)
  • Colon Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer  

Surgery to remove all or part of the colon is known as a colectomy, and rectal cancer surgery to remove part or all or the rectum is known as a rectal resection.

Either type of surgery can be done using open surgery (through one large incision) or laparoscopy (through a few small incisions). Laparoscopy is also known as minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgery can be done using traditional laparoscopy or robotic-assisted surgery. However, when the robot is added to laparoscopy, it becomes known as robotic surgery.

The addition of the robot allows the surgeon to provide more benefits for you - the patient. Your doctor may suggest rectal surgery which is called low anterior resection or LAR. If LAR is suggested, it can be done with open surgery through a large incision (cut) or minimally invasive surgery through a few small incisions. Minimally invasive surgery can be done using traditional laparoscopy or robot-assisted surgery.

Benefits of Robotic Colorectal Surgery  

With robotic-assisted surgery, your surgeon is 100% in control of at all times. The da Vinci System gives surgeons a 3D HD view inside your body, tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand, and enhanced vision, precision and control.

  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring
  • Less probability of the surgeon converting to traditional open surgery