Robotic Colon Surgery: Safer and Effective Colon Resection

Minimally Invasive Robotic Colon Surgery.

What is Colon Resection?
Colon resection is a surgical procedure to remove diseased parts of the colon. Common colorectal diseases include colon cancer, diverticulitis, and Crohn’s disease. These conditions disrupt the normal functioning of the colon and may cause pain.

Fortunately, they are treatable by colon resection. The most common techniques used in colon resection are laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Both are less invasive compared to traditional open surgery.

In open resection, the surgeon will make a large cut on the patient’s belly. They will then use surgical instruments and hand manipulation to perform the procedure. In laparoscopic resection, the surgeon accesses the colon through several small incisions. A laparoscope – a thin tube with a tiny camera affixed onto it – is inserted through one of the tiny openings. This gives the surgeon an improved view of the large intestines. They then insert surgical tools through the other incisions and perform the procedure.

For robotic colon surgery, the procedure works much like a laparoscopic resection. However, it’s not hand-manipulated. The laparoscope and surgical tools are usually attached to robotic arms. The surgeon controls the robotic arms movements from a console.

Why Consider Robotic Colon Resection?

1. Improved Precision
It gives the surgeon improved visibility and control during the operation. As a result, it eliminates handshaking errors. You are less likely to experience complications after a robotic-assisted surgical procedure.

2. Reduced Scarring
In robotic-assisted colon surgery, the surgeon makes small incisions. You will have a hardly noticeable colon resection scar. This is as opposed to larger body openings in traditional open colon resection. Robotic colon surgery patients can therefore heal faster. What’s more, smaller cuts mean less blood loss and speedy colon resection recovery. Patients also experience less pain after the operation.

3. Safer
Surgeons sometimes have to convert laparoscopic colon resection surgeries into invasive open surgeries. This increases the chances of the patient developing post-surgical complications. Robotic surgery offers ergonomic advantages over laparoscopic surgery. This makes it a safer and more effective alternative.

What to Expect During a Robotic-Assisted Colon Resection
To prepare for the colon resection surgery, you will hold a discussion of your medical history with our surgeon before the surgery. The surgeon will take various tests to help them plan for the resection surgery. These may include X-rays and blood tests.

Once you go into an anesthesia-induced state, the surgeon will start the procedure. The robotic arms are controlled by the surgeon via the small incisions from the surgeon console located in the operating room. The robotic system has a wide variety of instrumentation including energy devices to control and divide blood vessels, stapling devices to divide and reconnect the intestines. The wristed instruments allow effective suturing inside the abdomen. This all adds up to small incisions which translates into less pain and a shorter hospital stay.

We treat many health conditions and offer procedures for a large range of cases. Here is our complete list.

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anal fistula
  • Ano- rectal disease/pain (hemorrhoids)
  • Anemia – GI workup
  • Appendix – appendectomy
  • Breast – cancer/mass/lump/nipple discharge
    • Lumpectomy/mastectomy
    • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Blood per rectum/blood in stool
  • Biliary dyskinesia – gallbladder not working
  • Cancer – breast, colon, gastric, small bowel, skin, thyroid
  • Cholecystectomy – gallbladder
  • Crohn’s disease – inflammatory bowel disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Endocrine – thyroid/parathyroid
  • Endoscopy – see scopes
  • Gastric mass/cancer
    • GIST – gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • Gallbladder gallstones/biliary dyskinesia
  • Hernia
    • Hiatal/GERD, incisional, inguinal, umbilical,
    • Ventral, femoral, Spigelian
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Lump – see masses
  • Masses – breast, colon, soft tissue (lipoma) – back,
  • Chest, abd, arm, leg, neck; scalp mass (pilar)
  • Melena – blood per rectum
  • Obstruction – intestinal/bowel obstruction
  • PEG – feeding tube –
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
  • Port – chemo
  • Pancreatitis – biliary pancreatitis
  • Scopes – EGD/upper, colonoscopy(cscope)/lower
  • Skin cancer –
    • Basal cell carcinoma
    • Melanoma
    • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Thyroid – thyroidectomy
  • Tracheostomy – trach
  • Ulcerative colitis – inflammatory bowel disease
  • Robotics
    • Colon resection
    • Hernias –
      • Hiatal/GERD
      • Incisional
      • Inguinal
      • Umbilical
      • Ventral
    • Gallbladder –
      • Single-site

Trust Us for Your Robotic-Assisted Colon Resection Surgery

Looking for minimally-invasive colon resection for diverticulitis or any other colon problem? Look no further than SurgCo! Our dedicated surgeons boast advanced equipment, years of experience, and extensive knowledge needed to undertake safe and effective surgery.

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