Robot-Assisted Colorectal Surgery

When lifestyle changes, medication or other less invasive treatments do not help your colorectal condition, surgery is often recommended. If your doctor suggests surgery, learning about all available treatment options can help you to make the best decision for your situation and ease any anxiety you may feel about surgery.

All surgeries carry risk, but traditional open surgery with a large incision has significant drawbacks — pain, trauma, a long recovery and risk of infection. Fortunately, less invasive surgical options are often available. The most common is conventional laparoscopic surgery. With this approach, your surgeon uses small incisions to insert long-shafted instruments to operate on the targeted organ or tissue. Laparoscopy may be effective for many routine procedures, but it has limits in colorectal surgery due to the complexity of these procedures.

If you need surgery to treat your colorectal condition, you may be a candidate for da Vinci® Surgery* — a new category in minimally invasive surgery offered at Scott & White.

Proven Technology—Safe, Effective and Minimally Invasive

Patient Benefits Compared to Traditional Open Surgery
  • Less pain and blood loss
  • Less scarring, due to tiny incisions
  • Shorter recovery time and hospital stay
  • Lower rate of surgical complications
  • Quicker return to your daily activities

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With the da Vinci® Si HD Surgical System, Scott & White offers you a safe, FDA-approved alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgeries for many colorectal problems, including:

  • Colon cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Diverticulitis of the intestine
  • Rectal prolapse

The da Vinci surgical system is proven robotic technology developed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Previous generations of the system are being used by many hospitals. Scott & White began using the da Vinci system in 2005 and recently upgraded to this newest robotic technology.

In fact, Scott & White Hospital – Temple is the only hospital in Central Texas with the new da Vinci Si HD. It enables our surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with increased vision, precision, dexterity and control. Plus, only the da Vinci Si HD uses an exclusive fluorescence imaging method that makes it easier for surgeons to safely identify blood flow and key anatomical landmarks in the surgical area.

If your doctor recommends surgery for a colorectal condition, ask if you’re a candidate for robot-assisted surgery.

*Also referred to as the da Vinci robot

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

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Harry T. Papaconstantinou
Colorectal Surgeon