CHI Memorial’s colorectal surgeons have advanced training in robotic techniques.
Robotic-assisted colorectal surgery is used to remove cancerous growth from the colon. The enhanced accuracy offered by the da Vinci ® surgical system allows the surgeon to precisely remove cancerous tissue while protecting the nearby healthy tissue.
Your surgeon may use the da Vinci surgical system’s Endowrist® Stapler to remove the malignant or cancerous part of the colon during surgery. They may also use Firefly Fluorescence Imaging to find blood vessels with good blood supply, that aren’t typically seen under normal lights. This enhanced view lets your surgeon ensure adequate blood supply when reconnecting the rectum and colon.
A faster return to normal bowel function, ability to tolerate a normal diet, reduced complications, minimal scarring and a quicker recovery are all benefits of robotic surgery.
Lower Anterior Resection
Lower anterior resection (LAR) is a common surgery for rectal cancer and is occasionally performed to remove a diseased part of the intestine in cases of diverticulitis. During the minimally invasive procedure, the part of your rectum containing cancer is removed. The remaining part is reconnected to your colon so you can continue to use your bowels normally.
Abdominoperineal Resection (APR)
APR is a surgery used to treat cancer of the anus or rectum and, on rare occasion, for some traumatic rectum injuries. To remove the cancer, your surgeon will remove all the lower part of your colon, your rectum and anus. After the anus and rectum are removed, a colostomy is created. This involves bringing a part of your colon to an opening in the surface of your skin. This new opening is called a stoma, and it allows waste to pass out of your body.
Proctectomy with J-Pouch Reconstruction
The most common reason for a patient to need a J-pouch is due to ulcerative colitis, one of the two types of inflammatory bowel disease. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition of the large intestine (your colon), where the colon lining becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce pus and mucus. The combination of ulceration and inflammation can cause frequent trips to the bathroom and abdominal discomfort. The other type of inflammatory bowel disease is Crohn’s disease, which is not curable by surgery.
The J-pouch, a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure, is a way for a patient who has been living with the pain and discomfort of this chronic condition to find relief from symptoms, have better control of his bowel movements, and it does not require a permanent ileostomy. J-pouches also are used for familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and occasionally, colon and rectal cancer. When the colon (large intestine) and rectum are removed (due to chronic colitis, cancer or other colorectal diseases), another method must be devised for solid waste to exit the body.
Surgically creating a “J” shaped reservoir, or J-pouch, out of an individual’s own small bowel (small intestine) is an alternate way to store and pass stool. This eliminates the need for a permanent external bag (ostomy). The procedure is most often performed in two stages, usually performed two or three months apart.
Transabdominal Repair for Rectal Prolapse
Rectal prolapse occurs when the rectum falls from its normal position in the pelvic area, causing all or part of the rectum to extend out of the anus. It’s common in older adults who have a history of weak pelvic floor muscles or long-term constipation. Other symptoms include pain in the anus and rectum and rectal bleeding from the inner lining of the rectum. These are rarely life-threatening symptoms but can greatly diminish a person’s quality of life. Using the da Vinci ® surgical system, surgeons can repair the prolapse, restore continence and help patients return to normal function without the need for an open procedure.
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