Robotic Colon Surgery

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The first line of treatment for common colorectal conditions is lifestyle changes and medication. If those dont help, your doctor may suggest surgery. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about colorectal surgery in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Common colorectal conditions include diverticulitis, colon or rectal cancer, and inflammatory bowel diseasesuch as ulcerative colitis and Crohns disease. If other treatments fail to help, your doctor may suggest surgery.

Surgery to remove all or part of the colon is called a colectomy or colon resection. The surgeon removes the diseased part of your colon, and reconnects the remaining healthy parts if possible.

Surgery to remove part or all or the rectum is known as a rectal resection.

Either procedure can be done with open surgery or by minimally-invasive surgery, where the surgeon operates using long instruments inserted through a few small incisions. One instrument has a tiny camera at the end, which sends images to a video monitor to guide the doctor.

Your surgeon may use a robotic surgical system that provides high-definition 3D images and the ability to zoom in and out. The doctor controls the special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand.

Robotically-assisted surgery patients typically have fewer complications, less blood loss and a shorter hospital stay. If youre facing surgery, explore all your options.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.