Surgery is usually the main treatment for colorectal cancer. The primary procedure calls for surgical removal of a segment of the colon or rectum. The digestive track is then surgically reconnected, keeping normal bowel function.
Traditional — or “open” — surgery has long been the standard approach to colorectal cancer. Although this surgery is safe, the incision is large. This increases the risk of infection and requires a longer hospital stay.
If you have been told you need surgery for colorectal cancer, ask your doctor if you are a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery, a very effective and minimally invasive option — with tiny incisions of less than one inch.
Robotic-assisted surgery offers a number of benefits over open surgery, including:
- Better clinical outcomes for cancer control, in many cases*
- Quicker return to bowel function*
- Quicker return to a normal diet*
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less risk of wound infection
- Shorter hospital stay*
- Shorter recovery time*
*Reported in a study published in Annals of Surgical Oncology, 200710:1245.