The colon and rectum are part of your large intestine. Their main function is to pass solid waste from your body. Colorectal cancer usually starts in the glands of the colon or rectum lining. Almost all cases of colorectal cancer begin as non-cancerous (benign) polyps that slowly develop into cancer. Like many cancers, colorectal cancer can spread to lymph nodes or other organs.
Colorectal cancer symptoms may include: blood in your stool, changes in bowel habits, pelvic pain, narrow stools, and unexplained weight loss. Colorectal cancer affects nearly 1.3 million people worldwide each year and is the fourth most common cause of cancer death.
Colorectal cancer is more common in men, people over age 60, and in developed countries.
Colorectal Robotic Surgery
If you are facing colon cancer, your doctor may recommend a colectomy. During a colectomy, part or all of your colon will be removed, depending on the extent of the cancer. For patients diagnosed with rectal cancer, surgeons typically perform a low anterior resection (LAR) to connect the rectum to the colon after removing the cancer. If the cancer is too close to the anus, your surgeon may need to remove your rectum, anus and part of your sigmoid colon. This is known as an abdominoperineal resection (APR).
Using the da Vinci System, your surgeon makes a few small incisions - similar to traditional laparoscopy. da Vinci features a magnified 3D HD vision system and tiny instruments that rotate far greater than the human wrist. These features enable surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
For colon and rectal cancers, a da Vinci robotic procedures can offer following benefits:
- Precise removal of cancerous tissue
- Low blood loss and low rate of complications
- Less pain
- Quicker return of bowel function and normal diet
- Quicker return of urinary and sexual function
- Low conversion rate to open surgery
- Shorter hospital stay and faster recovery
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
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