Robotic Surgery for Colorectal Procedures

Colorectal procedures can now be performed using robotic surgery, a breakthrough surgical platform that enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision, dexterity and control. By overcoming the limits of traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery offers patients a surgical option that is less invasive and more precise and provides a faster recovery. Robotic surgery for colorectal procedures offers an effective alternative that offers the best of both open and laparoscopic approaches.

Robotic surgery is appropriate for colorectal conditions such as:

  • Colon cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
  • Rectal cancer

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of robotic surgery when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. As with any surgery, benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient and procedure specific. Potential benefits for most robotic surgery patients, however, include:

  • Better clinical outcomes for cancer control in many cases
  • Quicker return to bowel function
  • Quicker return to a normal diet
  • Less risk of wound infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time

While colorectal procedures performed using robotic surgery are considered safe and effective, robotic surgery may not be appropriate for everyone. If you are a colorectal procedure candidate, talk to your physician to determine if robotic surgery is right for you. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the risks and benefits of each.

Sources: Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Patient Information for Laparoscopic Colon Resection from SAGES, www.sages.org, http://www.sages.org/sagespublication.php?doc=PI09
Hellan M, Anderson C, Blenhom JD, Paz B, Pigazzi A. Short-Term Outcomes After Robotic-Assisted Total Mesorectal Excision for Rectal Cancer. Annals of Surgical Oncology. 200710;1245
Hellan M, Anderson C, Blenhom JD, Paz B, Pigazzi A. Short-Term Outcomes After Robotic-Assisted Total Mesorectal Excision for Rectal Cancer. Annals of Surgical Oncology. 200710;1245

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