For rectal cancer, surgeons perform low anterior resection (LAR) to connect the rectum to the colon after removing the cancer. An abdominoperineal resection (APR) may also be performed if the rectal cancer is located too close to the anus.
Colorectal procedures are usually performed via traditional open surgery, meaning a large open abdominal incision is made from the pubic bone to just below the breastbone. While open surgery can provide an effective treatment for colorectal cancer, it often involves significant trauma and a long recovery.
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery. However, this approach is considered to be technically challenging due to the extensive dissection required, along with the limitations of traditional laparoscopic technology.
If your doctor recommends colorectal surgery, ask about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery. State-of-the-art da Vinci requires just a few tiny incisions so you can recover, move on to additional treatment, if needed, and get back to your life.
When compared to open surgery, da Vinci Surgery offers the following potential benefits:
da Vinci Surgery offers many benefits over traditional laparoscopic surgery including:
Every surgery is unique to each patient and procedure, therefore benefits cannot be guaranteed.
If you are a candidate for colorectal surgery, talk to an EvergreenHealth surgeon who performs da Vinci colorectal surgery. To find a surgeon, you can:
For additional information on the da Vinci robotic colorectal surgery:
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While gallbladder surgery performed using the da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, this procedure may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.