Colorectal cancer 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.