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Robotic colorectal surgery

Advantages for patients

Minimally invasive robotics surgery allows your doctor better accuracy. The result for you? Shorter recovery time, better cancer outcomes, and:

• Low blood loss
• Bowel function returns more quickly
• Prompt return to diet
• Minimal time in the hospital
• Smaller incisions

Types of colon surgery

The da Vinci Surgical Robot has three-dimensional monitors, and instruments that mimic movements of the hand and wrist. Together, these improve your surgeon's ability to see and move within a fixed space, such as the pelvis. Surgeons can remove cancer and surrounding affected tissue without damaging nerves. Colorectal conditions where robotic surgery is performed include:
• Colon cancer
• Rectal cancer
• Diverticulitis
• Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease)

Resources

Learn more about da Vinci colorectal surgery.