Robotic Colon & Rectal Surgery: A Big Step Forward

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD

Why A Robot?

Using Robotic Surgery For Colon Operations Is An Advance.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 a sophisticated operation and is available in large cities such as Los Angeles, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  Robotic surgery is considered an advance in minimally invasive surgical techniques.

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What Happens During A Robot-Assisted Colon Or Rectum Operation?

Conventional or open colorectal surgery, according to the American Cancer Society, involves making an incision in the abdominal wall, 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 also removed. The surgeon will reattach the remainder of the colon back together.

A robotic surgical device is a machine that is completely controlled by a colon and rectal surgeon, also known as a proctologist, at a computer console, and combines 3D cameras with miniaturized instruments that are inserted into several small incisions. The da Vinci Si® robotic device is able to translate a surgeon’s movement at the console, into microscopic movements by the instruments at the surgical site. Despite being termed “robotic” the device never moves on its own, but is controlled by the surgeon.


Advantages of robotic surgery include:

  • Better visualization of the operative site (when compared with laparoscopic visualization)
  • Smaller incisions
  • Greater range of motion of the instruments, allowing access in previously unimaginable ways.
  • FireFly™ technology, whereby the surgeon can evaluate blood flow to the colon and anastomosis (area of reconnection after the abnormal colon segment has been removed.)
  • A faster return to work and the activities of daily life.
  • Dual console technology, whereby two surgeons can view the operative area and work together.
  • A better view of the pelvic nerves which control continence and sexual function.

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 and are performing  the most current robotic procedures.  These include colon resections and repair of rectal prolapse (protrusion).  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.  You can find out if robotic technology has a place in your treatment by making an appointment  at (310)273-2310.  Your visit will be confidential and you will be able to obtain the answers you need to help formulate a treatment plan.

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