What Is a Robotic Colectomy?

If you have been diagnosed with a colon condition such as: colon cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, your doctor may recommend surgery. The procedure we use to remove all or part of the colon is known as colectomy. If your doctor recommends intestinal surgery such as colectomy, ask about minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery.

Why da Vinci Surgery?

Instead of a large abdominal incision used in open intestinal surgery, da Vinci surgeons make just a few small incisions. da Vinci features a magnified, 3D, high-definition vision system and the same special, wristed instruments used in other da Vinci robotic surgery procedures. da Vinci colectomy offers these potential benefits:

  • Precise removal of cancerous tissue
  • Low blood loss
  • Quick return of bowel function
  • Quick return to a normal diet
  • Low rate of complications
  • Low conversion rate to open surgery compared to traditional laparoscopy
  • Short hospital stay
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring

State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex surgery. The potential risks of da Vinci colectomy surgery include:

  • Anastomotic leak (intestinal fluid leak)
  • Ileus (bowel obstruction)
  • Pulmonary embolism (blocked lung artery)
  • Abscess
  • Urinary problems
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