Colorectal surgery is more advanced than ever before. The introduction of robotic surgery transformed the way we perform surgical procedures, reducing the risk of complications and expediting the patient recovery period. Here at Metro Colon and Rectal Surgery PC, we can now offer our patients the same surgical benefits as are available with traditional open surgery without the need for large incisions or lengthy hospital stays.
Did you know…
surgeons who use the da Vinci Robotic System for colorectal surgery are able to complete an entire procedure using only a few tiny incisions? The surgeon maintains full control of the entire surgical process while the robot perfects the precision and accuracy of the procedure. In fact, the Da Vinci robot compensates for many types of human error and inadequacies, even going so far as to provide instruments with greater wrist rotation than humans are capable of. It also has the ability to provide high definition magnification of the treatment area, providing the surgeon with a better view during surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How common is robotic surgery ?
The first robotic surgery was performed in the U.S. in 1997. Today, robot assisted surgeries are extremely common, with approximately 400,000 robot assisted procedures performed every year. Those numbers continue to increase as multi-armed robotic procedures become more and more mainstream.
Will I have large scars after robotic surgery?
In most cases, patients require only three or four incisions for a robotic colorectal surgery. Though every person is different, the average incision length is just two centimeters. Not only does this minimize the risk of infection, but it also leads to a faster healing process and little or no scarring. Furthermore, people who undergo robotic surgery have a nearly zero percent rate of blood transfusions during the procedure compared with people who undergo open surgery who have much higher rates.
How long will it take to recover after robotic surgery?
The recovery experience largely depends on the type of procedure performed and individual patient health; however most people experience a significantly shorter hospital stay than those who undergo open surgery. On average, robotic colorectal surgery also yields less pain and a faster return to normal diet and bowel function.