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Robotic Colorectal Procedures

Robotic Colon & Rectal Procedures

Learn why robotic surgery may be your best treatment option for colon and rectal surgery.

If you have been diagnosed with a colorectal condition, such as colon cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease and medication, lifestyle changes and other non-surgical treatments cannot relieve your symptoms; your doctor may recommend surgery.

During surgery for colon cancer, all or part of the diseased colon is removed during what is called a colectomy or hemicolectomy. Surgery on your right colon (ascending) is called a right colectomy; surgery on your left colon (descending) is a left colectomy; and surgery on the sigmoid colon (lower left colon just before the rectum) is called a sigmoid colectomy. Rectal cancer surgery is known as a low anterior resection and rectopexy is a surgical procedure used to correct rectal prolapse, a condition characterized by a weakening of the muscles that hold the rectum in place. Removal of adhesions, caused by diverticulitis or formed after previous surgeries, is lysis of adhesions.  

Through the use of the robotic surgery system, surgeons are now able to offer minimally invasive alternatives to both open surgery and laparoscopy for these complex, colorectal surgical procedures. 

As a result, robotic surgery offers the following potential benefits:

  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return of bowel function
  • Quicker return to a normal diet
  • Faster recovery
  • Small incision for minimal scarring
  • Lower conversion rate to open surgery
  • Quicker return of urinary function
  • Quicker return of sexual function

How robotic surgery works:

Your surgeon is 100% in control of the robot. Through a high-tech control module, surgeons move miniaturized operating instruments that allow for extremely precise movements. In fact, robotic surgeons have a greater range of motion, they can see more clearly and they have better dexterity when using the robotic system.

Though robotic surgery has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date, not all patients are candidates for robotic-assisted surgery. Colorectal Procedures can be performed by open surgery, minimally invasive surgery or robotic surgery. Be sure to discuss the benefits and risks of each surgical technique with your doctor.