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Learn about patient information, our team at Coliseum Robotics Institute and how your condition can be treated in a way that is less invasive. You may also call our Consult-A-Nurse program for more information at (478) 746-4646.

Comprehensive Middle Georgia robotic surgery

Moѕt robotic procedures allow for much smaller incisions than thе ones mаdе during a traditional procedure. Thеѕе smaller incisions hаvе multiple benefits for the patient:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Reduced scarring
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Faster return to daily activities

Coliseum Robotics Institute hаѕ a team of surgeons who саn perform gynecologic, urologic and colorectal surgeries in addition to other surgical specialties with robotic assisted surgery. Not all procedures can be done robotically, however.

Our robotic surgery specialties

Colectomy

Robotic colectomy is a new option for the surgical care of colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, colitis, prolapse and 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.

There are less invasive options 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.

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 robotic assisted surgery, surgeons can now operate using only one to two centimeter incisions and with greater precision and control than ever before. Robotic assisted surgery 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 3D imaging in high definition which provides greater visualization for the surgeon.

Gynecology

When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These conditions may include:

  • Cervical and uterine cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Menorrhagia, or excessive menstrual bleeding

Traditional gynecologic surgery uses a large incision. This type of open surgery may cause significant pain, trauma and long recovery period.

For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. It can be used to treat the following conditions:

Endometriosis

Endometriosis, also known as endometrial hyperplasia, is a condition in which the endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus, causing scarring, pain and heavy bleeding. It can often damage the fallopian tubes and ovaries in the process.

Endometriosis can be treated with medications such as Lupron, which lowers hormone levels and decreases endometrial growth.

Endometrial cancer

Endometrial cancer, also known as uterine cancer, is typically more common in women post-menopause. Standard treatment options include:

  • Hormone therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus)

Radiation therapy, chemotherapy and hysterectomy are also treatments for cervical cancer.

Benign conditions

For benign (non-cancerous) conditions like menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding), non-surgical treatments like hormone therapy or minimally invasive ablative therapies may offer relief.

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors occurring in at least one quarter of all women. They can grow underneath the uterine lining, inside the uterine wall or outside the uterus.

Many women don’t feel any symptoms with uterine tumors or fibroids. But for others, these fibroids can cause excessive menstrual bleeding (also called menorrhagia), abnormal periods, uterine bleeding, pain, discomfort, frequent urination and infertility. For fibroids, uterine-preserving myomectomy – a surgical alternative to hysterectomy – may be an option.

Gynecologic procedures performed with robotic assisted surgery:

  • Hysterectomy: surgical removal of the uterus and/or other reproductive organs
  • Myomectomy: surgical removal of uterine fibroids
  • Sacrocolpopexy: surgery for uterine or vaginal vault prolapse

Prostatectomy

The gold standard treatment option for men under 70 with early-stage, organ-confined cancer is surgical removal of the prostate using nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy. Prostatectomy is also the most widely used treatment for prostate cancer today in the U.S.

The primary goal of prostatectomy is removal of the cancer. A secondary goal is to preserve urinary function and – when applicable – erectile function. Preservation of the nerves necessary for erections can be an extremely important goal for patients.

These nerves run alongside the prostate and are often damaged when removing the prostate. A nerve-sparing prostatectomy attempts to preserve these nerves so that the patient may be able to return to his prior erectile function.

Types of prostatectomy

  • Traditional open surgery – with a traditional open procedure, your surgeon uses an eight to 10 inch incision to access the prostate. This approach often results in substantial blood loss, a lengthy, uncomfortable recovery and a risk of impotence and incontinence.
  • Conventional laparoscopic surgery – conventional laparoscopy uses a specialized surgical camera and rigid instruments to access and remove the prostate using a series of small incisions. This approach provides your surgeon with better visualization than an open approach. In addition, it provides patients the benefits of a minimally invasive procedure. Despite these advantages, conventional laparoscopy relies on rigid instruments and standard 2D video, technical limitations that can be challenging for the surgeon. Because of these drawbacks, conventional laparoscopy doesn't lend itself well to complex procedures like prostatectomy. Therefore, very few urologists use this approach for prostatectomy. Moreover, neither laparoscopy nor open surgery can provide adequate visualization for a very precise, nerve-sparing prostatectomy.
  • Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery – robotic surgery for prostate cancer, or robotic prostatectomy, is more accurately a robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery that is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer. In fact, studies suggest that prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today.

Though any diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic, oftentimes if your doctor recommends prostate surgery, the cancer was probably caught early. With robotic assisted prostatectomy, the likelihood of a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been.

Robotic assisted prostatectomy enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions.

Urology

When medication and other non-surgical treatments are either unavailable or cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the accepted treatment for a broad range of conditions that affect reproductive and urinary organs.

Medical conditions that affect the reproductive and urinary organs include:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Uterine cancers
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Excessive bleeding or menorrhagia
  • Endometriosis
  • Prostate cancer
  • Ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction
  • Bladder and kidney cancer
  • Vesicoureteral reflux

Now Coliseum Health System surgeons use a minimally invasive approach, utilizing the latest in surgical and robotic technologies, which is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. Using robotic assisted surgery, your surgeon has a better tool to spare surrounding nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes.