Robotic colon surgery is a minimally invasive type of surgery, in which a surgeon is able to operate via a few small incisions with the assistance of a robotic device. Commonly referred to as laparoscopic surgery, a robotic surgical system utilizes tiny instruments and cameras to give the surgeon a high definition view of the operating site, as well as translating the surgeon’s movements into smaller, precise movements. Many common colon and rectal procedures can utilize this method.
There are a variety of potential benefits to robotic surgery, including
- Lower blood loss
- Quicker return of bowel function
- Lower rate of complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
Depending on the type of procedure, patients may leave the hospital in a few days and return to normal activities more quickly than patients recovering from open surgery.
In most laparoscopic colon resections, surgeons operate through 4 or 5 small openings (each about a quarter inch) while watching an enlarged image of the patient’s internal organs on a television monitor. One is used for the laparoscope which is attached to a camera that sends images to a video monitor. The other incisions are used to insert instruments to hold or manipulate tissue in the abdomen.
The diseased portion of the colon is identified and carefully dissected and removed. In some instances, one of the incisions may be lengthened. In some cases, one of the small openings may be lengthened to 2 or 3 inches to complete the procedure.
Preparing For Your Procedure
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