Colorectal Surgery with a Robotic Surgical System

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colorectal surgeryIf your doctor recommends surgery to treat a colorectal condition, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive surgery with a robotic surgical system.

Today, the majority of colorectal surgeries are still performed using the traditional open approach in which the surgeon makes a large incision that extends from the pubic bone to the sternum. This approach typically results in a long and painful recovery period.

A robotic surgical system, however, offers a minimally invasive, laparoscopic alternatives to treating a range of colorectal conditions including:

  • Colon cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Using the most advanced technology available, robotic surgical system technology provides your doctor with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control to perform even the most complex surgeries, such as colectomy (removal of part or all of the large intestine) and lower anterior resection (removal of part of the rectum).

The robotic surgical system translates the surgeon's hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. This allows surgeons to maneuver with precision and control within a tight space.

Colorectal surgery with a robotic surgical system typically results in:

  • Less blood loss
  • Quicker return to bowel function
  • Quicker return to regular diet
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery time

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of robotic surgical systems when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with a robotic surgical system may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

For more information about robotic surgery at PMC or for referral to one of our surgeons who performs surgeries using robotic surgical systems, call 1.888.742.7496.