The colon and rectum are part of your large intestine. Their main purpose is to process and pass waste from your body. Common benign (non cancerous) conditions that may affect your colon and cause symptoms include: diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and rectal prolapse.
If medicine and lifestyle changes do not ease your symptoms,your doctor may suggest surgery.
Common surgery approaches are open surgery and minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy), which includes robotic-assisted da Vinci Surgery.
Using the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons operate through a few small incisions. The da Vinci System has a 3D HD vision system that gives doctors a magnified view inside the body. It also has tiny instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. These features enable surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.
da Vinci surgery also offers potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:
- Lower blood loss;
- Quicker return of bowel function;
- Lower rate of complications;
- Shorter hospital stay
- Small incisions for minimal scarring.
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