Coliseum Health System December 29, 2014

Macon, GA – The Coliseum Robotics Institute at Coliseum Medical Centers continues to lead the market in groundbreaking minimally invasive robotic-assisted procedures.

On December 18th, Dr. John Williams performed the Coliseum Robotics Institute’s first robotic take down and closure of colostomy. In some instances of cancer and gastrointestinal diseases like diverticulitis, a colostomy is performed to redirect the path of digestion. Depending on the severity of the issue, colostomys can either be temporary or permanent.

Temporary colostomys can be reversed to restore normal digestive flow, this is called a take down. Before the robotic option for colostomy and colostomy take down were available in Macon, these procedures were done with an open incision or laprascopically, which can be limiting.

Using this robotic procedure, surgeons are able to complete the procedure in less time than the laprascopic method with additional benefits that the da Vinci Robot provides. The da Vinci robot offers more precise and ergonomic capabilities using magnified 3D HD vision and its articulated robotic arms controlled completely by the surgeon.

The results of a robotically-assisted colostomy and colostomy take down for the patient include minimal blood loss, minimal post-operative pain, and a faster recovery period, allowing the patient to regain digestive flow and a better quality of life.