There are many conditions which require colon and rectal surgery, 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 simple laparoscopic colorectal surgery, a newer option is now available in order to improve the chances of accomplishing a procedure in a minimally invasive manner with the use of the da Vinci® robotic surgical system. This 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.
Dr. Peter Rantis, a Board Certified Rectal Surgeon, stated that there are several advantages in performing minimally invasive colorectal surgery with the da Vinci® robotic system. The ability to work in the pelvis with better visualization and access is dramatic with respect to using the robotic system as opposed to simple laparoscopic surgery. 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 which again is not readily available with simple laparoscopic colorectal surgery techniques. Overall, surgery with the da Vinci® robotic system allows a surgeon to perform procedures that were not easily performed laparoscopically and allows for a lower rate of the surgeon switching to an open procedure, 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.