Colorectal Robotic Surgery. An Evolution.
Colorectal robotic surgery has become the latest evolutionary step in minimally invasive operations. More minimally invasive procedures are being performed with each passing day. Perhaps you have heard of the laparoscopic technique as one way operations have been made easier for patients. Laparoscopic surgery is performed through small incisions using thin plastic tubes through which a camera and various instruments are inserted and manipulated. The evolution of the robotic technique has been brought about through the use of a robot to precisely move the instruments inside of the patient’s body. The robot is always controlled by the surgeon.
With colorectal robotic surgery, the technological advancements are truly astonishing and may become a standard in helping colon and rectal surgeons (also known as proctologists), remove tumors from the colon or rectum. Regardless, you may be wondering exactly how robot-assisted surgery works, if you are facing the possibility of a colorectal procedure.
Better Field of Vision for More Accuracy
One of the strong points of colorectal robotic surgery is that it provides high-definition, 3-Dimensional cameras for more detailed views inside the body. Two cameras are used on the robotic arm for a 3 dimensional view of the operative anatomy. The cameras can zoom in for detailed close-ups of the colon and the nerves controlling the colon or rectum. This is invaluable to ensure more accuracy in surgery and to see other abnormalities that may not have shown up on imaging scans. Additionally, the surgeon has the capability to view CT or MRI scans along side the operative image while working in the robotic console.
Surgeons can also visualize the blood supply to the operative area during robotic surgery, using newly designed fluorescent imaging capabilities of the robotic system. In the future, this new technology may allow the surgeon to better evaluate the anastomosis (the site where the two pieces of normal colon are reconnected.)
The Third Arm and Flexible Wrists
Thanks to a third robotic arm, the surgeon has another assistant. The third arm can gently lift and hold tissues that are being evaluated and treated. This is an excellent tool in facilitating the conduct of the operation.
However, what makes the real difference is the robotic wrists attached to the robotic instruments. These flexible wrists are made to facilitate the performance of much more exacting procedures, including suturing and knot-tying. In the past, these were performed by hand or were difficult and time consuming with laparoscopic techniques. The third arm allows the holding of surgical items or tissue while the two arms do the procedure under the direction of the surgeon.
Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates.
As exciting as this new surgical procedure is, it is only being performed by a select few trained and certified colorectal surgeons, also known as proctologists. The surgeons of Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Culver City are well qualified, with the experience required to take you safely through your course of treatment. Contact Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates to find out more about this new technology and find out how robotic surgery might be able to help you with the removal of colon tumors, benign colon lesions and certain other colon conditions such as rectal prolapse or the treatment of diverticulitis. (310)273-2310.