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Robotic Surgery and Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Although it can be difficult to come to terms with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer, patients may find that they regain a sense of control as they explore their treatment options. At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, one of those treatment options includes robot-assisted surgery with our sophisticated da Vinci Surgical System. To find out if robotic surgery might be appropriate for them, colorectal cancer patients can consult a physician at our hospital and watch the video featured here.

Robotic Technology

Robot-assisted surgeries may be used for minimally invasive procedures, which may benefit patients by accelerating the recovery time and reducing the risk of complications. The use of robot-assisted surgeries has been increasing in recent years, yet the technology was actually developed in 1985, when the U.S. military was exploring ways of allowing surgeons to remotely operate on injured soldiers. The way the technology is currently used; however, is vastly different. The surgeon does not operate from a remote location. He or she is in the same operating suite with the patient throughout the procedure. As the surgeon in this video describes, the robotic system allows the surgeon to operate with very precise movements through the use of wristed instruments. It also provides better visualization than a traditional surgery would, since the system is equipped with high definition magnification and 3D visualization.

Colorectal Cancer Surgery

With the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons can perform minimally invasive colectomies, which are colon resection surgeries. This surgery involves the removal of part or all of the colon, or large intestine. If the colorectal cancer is still in its early stages, only a small part of the colon may need to be removed. For advanced cancers, it’s likely that more of the large intestine will be removed. Another procedure that may be performed with robotic technology is a proctectomy, or rectum resection surgery. The rectum is the last six inches of the large intestine. The surgery involves removing the rectum and possibly the anal opening.

At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we combine a compassionate, personalized approach to cancer care with the most advanced technology available. The highly trained surgeons at our community hospital in Las Vegas can perform a range of robot-assisted surgeries, including colectomy and proctectomy. To request a referral to a surgeon or other specialist, Las Vegas residents can reach our hospital at (702) 880-2100.

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