Robotic Colon and Rectal Surgery

What is the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgery System?

The da Vinci surgery system is a state-of-the-art, 3 dimensional, minimally invasive doctor-controlled, robotic surgical device that is improving results and recovery time.

How the da Vinci Robotic System Works

The da Vinci surgery system has robotic arms that hold endoscopic cameras and surgical tools. While a surgeon makes the small initial incisions, the robotic arms are used to perform the surgical procedure. The surgeon views 3D images from the endoscopic cameras and directs the motion of the robot instruments using handheld controllers which precisely mimic the hand movements of the surgeon.

This robotic surgery system allows surgeons to carefully examine the surgical site more closely without the need of open surgery. This high-tech capability provides access to tight and difficult-to-reach areas of the body that would otherwise require larger incisions in order to be repaired.

Robotic Surgery Patient Benefits

Using da Vinci, traditional open surgery can be accomplished, with smaller incisions. This minimally invasive surgery offers patients multiple benefits, including: 

  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions 
  • Quicker return of bowel function
  • Precise removal of cancerous tissue
  • Lower rate of complications
  • Lower conversion rate to open surgery.
  • Better cosmetic result compared to open surgery
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring 
  • Less risk of infection 
  • Faster recovery 
  • Quicker return to normal activities

Advantages to Robotic Colon or Rectal Surgery

The da Vinci devices allow precise dissection and resection of specific areas of the colon. The meticulously precise dissection and resection significantly decreases trauma to the human body, decreases pain and promotes a quicker recovery.

Almost any colon and rectal surgery that can be done as a conventional open surgical procedure can be accomplished robotically. In fact, robotic surgery allows better access and better technique for minimally invasive surgery than could never be accomplished laparoscopically (i.e. suturing, mobilizing and visualizing hard-to-reach areas).

Laparoscopic or Robotic — What’s the Difference?

Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive, but the controls offered to the surgeon are very limited. Surgeons are able to see a two-dimensional image.

With the da Vinci robotic surgical system surgeons have virtually unlimited movement in all directions. And because the system provides 3-dimensional high definition imaging doctors can more accurately assess the surgical area and perform procedures with greater accuracy.

Robotic Surgery Recovery Time

Almost every robotic surgery case provides the benefit of faster recovery and less pain. Obviously, every patient differs in his or her healing time. However, the recovery time from robotic surgery is usually reduced by 50% of the time needed to recover from laparoscopic. And when compared to conventional open surgery the recovery time is even more reduced. 

 The da Vinci Xi has helped our surgeons to perform minimally invasive, complex surgeries with greater ease and accuracy and allows patients to experience less pain and faster recovery times.