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Introducing Robotic Surgery for Gastrointestinal Cancer: August 6, 2019

It’s changing the way doctors save lives. “The da Vinci robot has really helped us deliver cutting edge technology to our patients in Southwest Florida so that patients don’t have to travel to find the most advanced care,” said Dr. Bassan Allan, a surgical oncologist on the medical staff of Lee Health.

The new da Vinci robot at Lee Memorial Hospital is helping surgeons find and remove gastrointestinal tumors--using minimally invasive techniques. “It really makes it possible for us to do minimally invasive procedures even under really difficult circumstances or difficult conditions,” said Dr. Allan.

Where the tumor is located, and the patient’s overall health will determine if they qualify for robotic surgery. “The advantage of a robotically assisted procedure is a greater number of patients can qualify for minimally invasive surgery,” he said.

Other patient advantages include smaller incisions, less trauma, shorter recovery time, and a quicker return to normal activities. “With the robot, we can use more precise instruments, there’s an increased vision, and we have total control of more aspects of the operation,” Dr. Allan said.

During the procedure, the surgeon operates the robot from across the room. “We have two controllers that help us manipulate the robotic arms that are entered through the abdomen through small incisions, really giving us full control of the surgery,” he explained.

A procedure that combines a surgeon’s skill with state-of-the-art technology. Helping patients move forward with their cancer treatment.


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