About Robotic Colorectal Surgery

The colon and rectum are part of the large intestine. For rectal cancer, surgeons perform low anterior resection to connect the rectum to the colon after removing the cancer. An abdominoperineal resection may also be performed if the rectal cancer is located too close to the anus.

Colorectal procedures are usually performed through a large open abdominal incision. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive alternate to open surgery. However, this can be technically challenging because of the extensive dissection required, along with the limitations of traditional laparoscopy. The daVinci® system offers your surgeon another minimally invasive option to combine the best techniques of an open surgery and with enhanced capabilities of laparoscopic surgery.

Robotic colorectal surgery typically makes a few small incisions versus a large incision for abdominal surgery. This is one element that results in a quicker recovery, less blood loss and less pain.