Colorectal cancer - cancer of the colon or rectum - is the third most common form of cancer for both men and women. Each year in the United States, more than 150,000 men and women are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.


Surgery is usually the main treatment for colorectal cancer. The primary procedure calls for surgical resection of a segment of the colon or rectum. The digestive tract is then reconnected by a technique called an intestinal anastomosis. These procedures remove the cancer, while typically preserving normal bowel function.

Most colorectal surgery is performed via a large open abdominal incision, which may extend from the pubic bone to just below the sternum. Open colorectal cancer surgery can be quite painful for the patient, involving an increased risk of infection and requiring an extended hospital stay.

da Vinci Surgery

Thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, physicians now have an effective alternative to traditional open surgery and laparoscopy that allows them to provide patients with the best of both approaches. With the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons can now operate using only 1 to 2-centimeter incisions, but with greater precision and control than ever before.


Colorectal Surgery
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da Vinci Surgical Incision


Benefits of da Vinci Surgery

For most patients, robotic surgery performed with the da Vinci Surgical System offers numerous benefits over traditional, open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring
  • Less blood loss and need for transfusion
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
  • Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases

Find a da Vinci Surgeon

Visit the da Vinci Surgeons page to see which physicians have been trained and certified to use the da Vinci Surgical System.


Information and images provided courtesy of Intuitive Surgical.