There are many conditions including both benign and malignant medical problems. In the past, the surgery required open incisions and resulted in long hospital stays for the patient, as well as a prolonged recovery period of time. Our surgical team performs minimally invasive laparoscopic colorectal surgery in order to treat many disorders which require colorectal surgery with removal of a portion of the large intestine. These conditions include benign colorectal polyps not amenable to endoscopic removal, malignant polyps, colorectal cancers, diverticular disease, rectal prolapse as well as others. In addition to laparoscopic colorectal surgery, a newer option is also available in order to accomplish the procedures in a minimally invasive manner. The da Vinci® robotic surgical system features the use of a magnified 3D HD vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. The da Vinci® robotic technology enables a surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.
Our surgeons at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists state there are several advantages in performing minimally invasive colorectal surgery with the da Vinci® robotic system. The ability to work in the pelvis with improved visualization and access is dramatic with respect to the use of the robotic system. This allows the surgeon a better ability to preserve the anal sphincter in low rectal cancers in particular. In addition, the da Vinci® robotic system offers integrated fluorescence imaging which allows a surgeon to assess the blood supply of the colon and rectum that he is going to connect during an operation. Overall, surgery with the da Vinci® robotic system and other minimally invasive colorectal surgeries allow a surgeon to perform procedures that were not easily performed otherwise in the past. This allows less postoperative pain, faster healing time, decreased hospital stay, decreased recovery time and less of a risk of developing an abdominal wall hernia as a result of the surgery.
For more information about robotic-assisted colorectal surgery, and to learn if it is right for your condition, please contact us to schedule your consultation.