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Colorectal Procedures

da Vinci Surgery is used to treat such colorectal conditions as: colon cancer, rectal cancer, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease). Surgery to remove all or part of the colon is known as a colectomy. Rectal cancer surgery is known as a low anterior resection.

da Vinci offers patients facing colon surgery (right, left or sigmoid colectomy) such potential benefits as:

  • Low blood loss1
  • Quick return to bowel function2
  • Fast return to diet3
  • Short hospital stay4
Colon Incision comparison

            Open Colon Incision      -              da Vinci Colon Incision

da Vinci offers patients facing rectal cancer surgery (low anterior resection and APR) such potential benefits as:

  • Excellent clinical outcomes for cancer control3
  • Quick return of bowel function3
  • Fast return to diet3
  • Less blood loss4
  • Short hospital stay2
  • Fast recovery time3


1. Luca F, Cenciarelli S, Valvo M, et al. Full Robotic Left Colon and Rectal Cancer Resection: Technique and Early Outcome. Annals of Surgical Oncology. May 2009, Vol. 16, No. 5: 1274-1278
2. Spinoglio G, Summa M, Priora F, et al., Robotic Colorectal Surgery: First 50 Cases Experience; Diseases of the Colon and Rectum; DOI 10.1007/s10350-008-9334-0 Volume 51 1627-1632 (2008)
3. Hellan M, Anderson C, Ellenhorn JD, Paz B, Pigazzi A. Short-Term Outcomes After Robotic-Assisted Total Mesorectal Excision for Rectal Cancer. Annals of Surgical Oncology. 2007 10;1245
4. Pigazzi A, Ellenhorn JD, Ballantyne GH, Paz IB; Robotic-assisted laparoscopic resection with total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer. Surg Endosc. 2006 20; 1521-25.

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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