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Robotic Colectomy (Colon Resection) Surgery

What is a colectomy?

Colectomy, also known as colon resection, is used to treat inflammatory bowel illness (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis), colon cancer, and infections. The colon can be removed entirely or partially depending on the operation needed.

da Vinci™ Xi Surgical System

da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lee Health

da Vinci™ Xi Surgical System

Our Lee Health surgeons use the da Vinci™ Surgical System, to operate through just a few small incisions. The da Vinci™ System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand.

As a result, da Vinci™ enables your surgeon to perform your surgery with enhanced vision, precision, and control. Robotic colectomy surgery enables you to recover faster and with less pain than traditional open surgery.

The da Vinci® SP provides a unique and new surgical approach to very invasive traditional alternatives.

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What is the difference between total and partial colectomy?

Depending on the severity of the surgery needed, you might need only a part or all of the colon removed. Your surgeon may advise one of the following procedures:

Total colectomy - The entire colon is removed during a total colectomy.

Partial colectomy - The colon is partially removed during a partial colectomy.

Sigmoid colectomy - The sigmoid colon or last section of your colon is removed, this is the section that connects to the rectum.

Hemicolectomy - The removal of one side, left or right, of your colon.

Proctocolectomy - The removal of part or all of the colon and rectum.

What happens after surgery?

Before being released from the hospital, you will recover there for a few days. Depending on the type of surgery you underwent and how well you are doing, it could be two days or even a week. At this period, you will be:

  • Monitored for any indications of procedural problems
  • Wean yourself off of your painkillers gradually
  • Fed on a soft or liquid diet
  • Awaiting the return of normal bowels function

Robotic-assisted surgery technology offered in Southwest Florida

We are proud to bring this cutting-edge technology to Southwest Florida, so our patients can get the care they need close to home. Robotic-assisted surgery is a huge benefit to our patients at Lee Health which means fewer patients will have to leave the region to get treatment.

What are the benefits of robotic assisted compared to traditional surgery?

Compared to traditional open surgeries, the benefits of da Vinci® surgery can include:

  • Smaller scars
  • Shorter hospital time
  • Lower risk of adverse side effects
  • Faster recovery time
  • Less pain
  • No blood donation before surgery
  • Less blood loss
  • Quicker return to normal activity

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