Colorectal conditions and cancer can occur at any age, regardless of your overall health or activity levels. You should visit with your doctor should any symptoms or abnormalities (inconsistencies in your bowel movements including blood in your stool or narrow stools, have pelvic pain or unexplained weight loss) manifest themselves in your daily activity. These symptoms can closely resemble those of other diseases so please schedule an appointment with your primary physician should any of these arise.
Early detection and diagnosis are key to managing your healthcare and treatment. Screenings and early detection measures can significantly improve treatment outcomes and survival rates should any sign of disease be detected.
Some of the most common colorectal conditions that would require further examination or treatment would be:
- Anal fissures
- Bowel incontinence
- Colon cancer
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Rectal cancer
If you have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and surgery is recommended as a treatment option, it is important that you know each of your surgical paths and the benefits and risks found with each procedure. Your options may include open surgery where the procedure is performed through one large incision or minimally invasive surgery, performed through several small incisions.
Surgery to remove part or all of the colon is known as a colectomy. Surgery to remove part or all of the rectum is referred to as a rectal resection. Either type of surgery can be performed through open surgery or through minimally invasive, laparoscopic means.
Robotic Colorectal Surgery
If you have a colorectal condition that requires surgery, one option that your doctor may recommend is robotic-assisted surgery. Our da Vinci Surgical System allows for a minimally invasive procedure to be done through several small incisions. The precision and the dexterity offered by da Vinci to your surgical team are second-to-none.
The da Vinci surgical technology is fully controlled by your surgeon; the instruments do not move on their own. This remarkable surgical system allows for 3D, high-definition imaging that increases your surgeon’s visibility and access to your surgical site. The system, with its wristed instruments, offers dexterity and control beyond that of the human hand.
Some of the benefits of robotic colorectal surgery include:
- Faster recovery
- Fewer complications
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Low conversion rate to open surgery
- Minimal scarring
- Precise removal of cancerous tissue
- Quicker return of bowel function
- Quicker return of urinary and sexual function
- Quicker return to normal diet
- Shorter hospital stay
Be sure to take an active role in your treatment by discussing all of your surgical options with your physician.