da Vinci colorectal surgery

If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove all or part of the colon. If your doctor recommends surgery, ask about the da Vinci robotic surgical system at St. Francis.

robotic colectomy

Colectomy using the da Vinci robotic surgical system allows surgeons to make just a few small incisions - similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. This enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

According to da Vinci, colectomy procedures using this technology offer:

  • Precise removal of cancerous tissue
  • Low blood loss
  • Quick return of bowel function
  • Quick return to a normal diet
  • Low rate of complications
  • Low conversion rate to open surgery compared to traditional laparoscopy
  • Short hospital stay
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring

robotics-trained colorectal surgeon

Dr. Joseph Millican with Carolina Surgical Associates is trained to use the da Vinci surgical system for colorectal surgeries. View his bio>>

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