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Colorectal Surgery

If your doctor recommends surgery to treat a colorectal condition, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive robotic surgery. Using state-of-the-art technology, the da Vinci System enables doctors to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with breakthrough vision, precision, dexterity and control.

Robotic Surgery treats colorectal conditions such as: colon cancer, rectal cancer, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease). A colectomy is surgery to remove all or part of the colon. Rectal cancer surgery is known as a low anterior resection.

Robotics offers patients facing colon surgery (right, left or sigmoid colectomy) such potential benefits as:
  • Low blood loss
  • Quicker return to bowel function
  • Quicker return to diet
  • Short hospital stay
Robotics offers patients facing rectal cancer surgery (low anterior resection and APR) such potential benefits as:
  • Excellent clinical outcomes for cancer control
  • Quick return of bowel function
  • Fast return to diet
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Fast recovery time
While surgery is generally the most effective treatment for many colorectal conditions, traditional open surgery with a large incision has certain potential drawbacks such as a hospital stay of one week or longer, and a lengthy recovery.

Thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, doctors now have an effective alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery - robotic Surgery. It allows surgeons to provide patients with the best of both open and laparoscopic approaches. The da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to operate through tiny incisions, with greater vision, precision and control than ever before.

Our Robotic Colorectal Surgery procedures include:

If you've been diagnosed with rectal cancer, a low anterior resection (LAR) may be recommended to surgically treat the tumor. In this procedure, part or all of the rectum is removed and the colon is then surgically reattached.

If you've been diagnosed with colon cancer, or anything else that may require some modification to your colon, a colectomy may be recommended by your doctor. The procedure can be done with robotic assistance through just 4-6 small incision.

There are four main types of colectomy:

  • Total Colectomy - Removal of the entire colon
  • Partial Colectomy - Removal of part of the colon, also called subtotal colectomy
  • Hemicolectomy - Removal of the right or left portion of the colon
  • Proctocolectomy - Removal both the colon and rectum