An Operation. A Robot? An Option For Me?
There are several common reasons why patients require colon or rectal operations. The commonest and most frightening reason that patients see a colon and rectal surgeon (also known as a proctologist or coloproctologist), is cancer of the colon or rectum. We all fear this malady and we want immediate and accurate treatment for it; This usually means an operation. Now, colon or rectal operations can be performed using a special surgical robot, the da Vinci Si™.
Can The Robot Help Me? Six Diseases.
However, there are other reasons requiring a surgical consultation with a colon and rectal surgeon. To name a few:
- Colon or rectal cancer.
- Colon or rectal cancer found in a polyp.
- Large polyps that cannot be removed through a colonoscope.
- Rectal prolapse (the protrusion of the rectum through the anal opening).
Although this is a small list of reasons to see your proctologist, these diagnoses can often be treated and cured with the help of a surgical robot.
This may sound futuristic, however the future is here now, today.
Surgery has seen a transition from open operations performed through large incisions, to laparoscopic surgery, performed through several small incisions. The result? A quicker recovery. A quicker return to the activities of daily life. A shorter stay in the hospital.
The Future Is Here…Now.
The robotic-assisted operation is safe when performed by surgeons trained and certified in its use. The operation is the same operation used in open, traditional operations and in laparoscopic operations. However, it may be even more precise. When compared with open operations, it is proven to be superior in all respects. Robot-assisted surgery may be the next step in the evolution of surgical treatment.
In Los Angeles, and other big cities across the United States, colon and rectal surgeons have begun performing life saving colon or rectal procedures using the surgical robot. The robot is completely under the control of the surgeon and allows for finer motions during the operation, by making use of the “endo-wrists” on the surgical instruments, inserted through tiny holes in the abdomen. These “hands,” combined with superior 3-Dimensional optics and cameras, allow the surgeon to access previously difficult to access areas of the pelvis and visualize the pelvic nerves in an unprecedented fashion. These are the nerves that control our continence (our ability to control stool, liquid or flatus), and our sexual functioning.
Incisions are smaller. Your recovery may be smoother. Your return to home, work and daily activities is now even quicker.
Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates
The surgeons of Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates, all board certified, are leaders and innovators in the field of robotic surgery in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. They are among the first group to remove disease using robot-assisted technology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The surgeons are working closely to utilize new techniques in robotic surgery and improve upon this modern technology.
Not all patients are candidates for this surgical advance. Consult one of the surgeons at Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates to learn more about your diagnosis and treatment. At that time, you will be able to thoroughly discuss your diagnosis and operative plan, and find out if you are a candidate for robot-assisted technology. Call (310)273-2310 for an appointment and consultation, and to see if you are a candidate for robotic surgery.