In The Operating Room. The Robot. Colon And Rectal Operations.
By now, many things have changed in surgery, in the operating room and in the medical dictionary. Traditional, open operations have largely been replaced by laparoscopic operations through minimally invasive incisions. In turn, these small incisions are now used for robotic operations whereby the surgeons hands are supplemented by robotic hands and wrists, called endo-wrists. And the incisions are even smaller.
Proctologists are now called colon and rectal surgeons. They have moved the field of robotic-assisted operations forward, to the benefit of their patients. How did this happen?
Searching For A Better Way To Operate.
At large hospitals such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, surgeons, such as those from Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates, have been on the forefront of change in both diagnostic innovations and in the operating room. They have collaborated with manufacturers to improve technology, and then to improve the improvements. Such is the case with the field of robotic surgery; especially in colorectal robotic surgery for operations to remove colon or rectal cancers, or to repair rectal prolapse.
The da Vinci Si® surgical robot has been in use for many years by gynecologists and urologists. Now, as surgeons have become comfortable with the techniques and tools of laparoscopic surgery, the envelope has been expanded naturally so that the hands of the surgeon are now at the console of the robot, controlling the hands of the robot inside of the patient’s abdomen. Of course, the robot, and its hands are always under the control of the surgeon.
What About The Eyes? The Eyes Have It.
One of the advances available to robotic console surgeons, is TilePro™. Looking through the console in 3-Dimensional vision, the surgeon (or two surgeons if a dual console is in use), sees the entire operative field. However, now, in the console view, the surgeon is able to place images alongside the operative field; images such as a pre-operative CT scan or ultrasound. The surgeon can place up to two additional images alongside the operative view.
These extra images allow for an even greater, more detailed view of the operative site. A side-by-side comparison is available instantly for use during various parts of the procedure; definitely an added point of view for the surgeon and the patient.
Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates.
Innovations in surgery have brought patients and their surgeons a long way since the turn of the century. The surgeons of Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates have been on the forefront of innovation, whether it has been in hemorrhoidal surgery with the PPH stapler, or now, with the use of robotics in the operating room.
To find out if you are a candidate for a robot-assisted operation, call (310)273-2310 to schedule a confidential appointment. You will be able to ask questions of your surgeon so as to better understand your diagnosis and treatment.