If you have been diagnosed a colorectal condition, including: colon cancer, rectal cancer, diverticulitis, rectal prolapse, and inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), your doctor may recommend surgery.
Until very recently your options included traditional surgery with a large open incision or laparoscopy, which uses small incisions but is typically limited to very simple procedures.
Thanks to a breakthrough surgical technology, there is a new category of minimally invasive surgery for which you may be a candidate. It is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy. Through the use of the daVinci Surgical System, Saint Alphonsus surgeons are now able to offer a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures.
Surgery to remove all or part of the colon is known as a colectomy. Rectal cancer surgery is known as a low anterior resection.
The wall of the colon is made up of layers of tissue. Colon cancer occurs when abnormal cells form in the inner layer of this tissue. The cancer can grow through some or all of the other layers. The stage (extent) of the cancer depends to a great degree on how deep the cancer goes into these layers.
Because the majority of colon cancers begin as precancerous polyps, colon cancer is a potentially preventable disease. Screening and early detection can catch colon cancer at an early stage or before polyps turn into cancer. Colonoscopy is a screen test for colon cancer and is considered the most reliable means for early detection.
Cancer of the colon is rare in developing countries, but more common in Western societies. In the U.S. alone, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and women.
Many people have small pouches in the lining of the colon or large intestine that bulge out through weak spots. Each pouch is called a diverticulum. Multiple pouches are diverticula and are most often found in the lower part of the large intestine. When the pouches become inflamed, the condition is called diverticulitis.
Diverticulitis can lead to bleeding, infections, small tears (perforations), or blockages in the colon. These complications always require treatment to prevent them from progressing and causing serious illness.
Rectal cancer is the development of cancer cells in the lining of the rectum (the last several inches of the large intestine closest to the anus). The stage (extent) of the cancer depends to a great degree on how deep the cancer goes into and beyond the wall of the rectum.
Because the majority of rectal cancers begin as precancerous polyps, rectal cancer is a potentially preventable disease. Screening and early detection can catch rectal cancer at an early stage or before polyps turn into cancer.
Cancer of the rectum is rare in developing countries, but is the second most frequent cancer in Western societies. In the U.S. alone, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and women.
Instead of a large abdominal incision used in open surgery, daVinci surgeons make a few small incisions - similar to traditional laparoscopy. The daVinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, daVinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. A benefit of the daVinici Surgical System is that it gives the surgeon an increased degree of control while using 3 or 4 instruments, compared to just 2 for standard laparoscopy.
daVinci Colectomy – As a result of daVinci technology, daVinci Colectomy offers the following potential benefits:
daVinci Low Anterior Resection – As a result of daVinci technology, daVinci Low Anterior Resection offers precise removal of cancerous tissue as well as the following potential benefits when compared to open surgery:
When compared to traditional laparoscopy, daVinci Low Anterior Resection offers the following potential benefits:
State-of-the-art daVinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the daVinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. daVinci – taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.
Physicians have used the daVinci System successfully worldwide in approximately 1.5 million various surgical procedures to date. daVinci is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.