Robotic colectomy is a new option for the surgical care of colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, colitis, prolapse, large polyps. While surgery is generally the most effective treatment option for a range of abdominal and other conditions, traditional open surgery with a large incision has its drawbacks – pain, trauma, a long recovery time and a risk of infection. Today there are less invasive options are available to many patients facing surgery. The most common of these is laparoscopic surgery, in which smaller incisions are used. While laparoscopy is effective for many routine procedures, it has inherent limitations when more intricate and complex surgery is required.
Now physicians now have an effective alternative to traditional open surgery and laparoscopy that may allow them to provide patients with the best of both open and laparoscopic approaches. With the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons can now operate using only 1-2 cm incisions and with greater precision and control than ever before. da Vinci can help surgeons minimize the pain and risk associated with surgery while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes. In addition to the accepted benefits of laparoscopic procedures, robotic colectomy adds 3-D imaging in high definition which provides greater visualization for the surgeon.