Robotic Surgery Specialist

California Colorectal Surgeons

Colon and Rectal Surgery located in Beverly Hills, CA

Robotic surgery enhances the natural skill of the physicians at California Colorectal Surgeons, allowing them to perform minimally invasive laparoscopy that causes less pain, allows for a quicker recovery, and results in less trauma to surrounding tissues. Whether you need treatment for rectal cancer, a rectal prolapse, or another type of pelvic surgery, you may be a good candidate for robotic surgery. To learn more, call the office in Beverly Hills, California, or book an appointment online.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

California Colorectal Surgeons

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is performed using specially designed instruments that are long and narrow, so they can be inserted through very small incisions.

The key instruments for minimally invasive colorectal surgery include a sigmoidoscope (used in the rectum and sigmoid colon), a colonoscope (for the large intestine), and a laparoscope (used for pelvic or abdominal surgery).

These scopes are equipped with a tiny video camera and lighting, which give your doctor at California Colorectal Surgeons a magnified view inside your body. Depending on the type of surgery, the instruments may be inserted alongside the scope or through other small incisions.  

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

The small incisions used during minimally invasive surgery cause significantly less trauma compared with the single, long incision made during conventional open surgery. As a result, you gain health benefits such as:

  • Less bleeding during surgery
  • Minimal pain following surgery
  • Quicker recovery
  • Little-to-no scarring
  • Earlier return to normal activities

Many minimally invasive procedures may be done on an outpatient basis, so you can go home the same day. If you need to be hospitalized, your stay is shorter compared with open surgery.

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is a type of laparoscopic surgery that the team at California Colorectal Surgeons uses for a variety of surgical procedures. However, it’s especially beneficial for pelvic surgery, including treatment of rectal cancer, rectal prolapse, and enterocele repair.

Robotic surgery is more accurately called robot-assisted surgery. The robotic arms are completely controlled by your surgeon, who sits at a console, views the surgical site on a monitor, and manipulates the robotic tools.

Highly sensitive controls placed on your surgeon’s fingers intuitively translate their hand motions into precise movements made by the robotic arms. As a result, your surgery is more precise and performed with better control because the robotic hands controlling the tools are capable of micro-movements and a range of motion that’s better than human hands.

Another benefit of robotic surgery is that its three-dimensional and zoom capabilities provide better visualization than what can be achieved with standard magnification devices.

Using robotic surgery to perform colorectal procedures delivers benefits such as:

  • Less injury to nerves in the pelvis that control bladder and sexual function
  • Better clinical outcomes for cancer control
  • Improved sphincter-sparing techniques to avoid a permanent colostomy

The robotic arms allow your surgeon to perform delicate surgery in areas that are too small to accommodate a hand.

To learn whether you’re a good candidate for robotic surgery, call California Colorectal Surgeons or book an appointment online.