Robotic Surgery. Better?
Robotic surgery is the latest technique for performing minimally invasive procedures. It can be used to address a variety of colorectal conditions. It offers advantages over traditional “open” or laparoscopic operations. Robotic surgery is the newest tool being used by colon and rectal surgeons, also known as proctologists.
Conventional or open colorectal surgery, according to the American Cancer Society, involves making an incision to the abdomen to access the colon and/or rectum. This is most commonly performed in cases of colon or rectal cancer. The affected portion of the colon or rectum is removed. Nearby lymph nodes are removed as well to make sure that any cancer that might have spread is taken also removed. The surgeon will reattach the remainder of the colon back together.
What Is A Surgical Robot?
A robotic surgical device is a machine that is controlled by a surgeon at a computer console that combines 3D cameras with miniaturized instruments that are inserted into several small incisions. The da Vinci Si and Xi robotic devices are able to translate a surgeon’s movement into microscopic movements by the instruments at a surgical site. Despite being termed “robotic” the device never moves on its own, but is controlled by the surgeon.
What Are The Advantages?
Advantages of robotic surgery include increased visualization in 3D versus the standard view in laparoscopic surgery, which is 2D. Both robotic surgery and laparoscopic surgery provide patients with smaller incision sites. However, robotic surgery carries the advantage of allowing greater range of motion in the instrumentation, a true advance over laparoscopic range of motion. Robotic surgery allows the surgeon to more easily evaluate the anastomosis, or the connection between the two healthy portions of the colon or rectum. Another advantage is termed “tile Pro” technology. Using Tile Pro, the operating surgeon can view CT scan or MRI images in the console, side-by-side with the operative field. This allows the surgeon to compare the operative field with the preoperative scans. The da Vinci Si and Xi consoles can be set as “dual consoles” to allow two surgeons to work together simultaneously. Importantly, rectal tumors occur deep in the pelvis. The cameras and instruments available in robotic surgery allow the surgeon to more easily and accurately work in the pelvis and more readily visualize the pelvic nerves in the operative area. Finally, the advanced camera system in robotic surgery allows for a much closer view of the operative area compared to laparoscopic surgery.
Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates
It is important that your surgeon be trained and certified in the use of robotic techniques. Surgeons at Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates are trained and certified in the most current robotic procedures. The operations are performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A visit to our offices in Beverly Hills will allow patients to begin the path to treatment. (310)273-2310.