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Colon Removal (Colectomy)

If you have a colorectal condition that hasn’t improved with medicine or lifestyle changes, your doctor may suggest a colectomy, also known as colon removal. At Baylor Scott & White – White Rock, a minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci robot is available to remove the colon.

Using robotic surgery techniques, the surgeon can make one three-centimeter incision around the navel to allow instruments to be placed within the body cavity to take out the colon. After the incision is made, a multi-port trocar (a medical device used to insert laparoscopic instruments) is inserted. A small camera and instruments are then introduced into the incision via the trocar to mobilize the colon from its attachments and remove the organ from the abdominal cavity.

Some potential benefits to robotic surgery include:

  • Less pain
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Faster return to normal daily activities

All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci® Surgery and other minimally invasive procedures. Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious and life-threatening complications, which may require hospitalization, include injury to tissues or organs; bleeding; infection, and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Patients should understand that risks of surgery include potential for human error and potential for equipment failure. Risk specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: a longer operative time; the need to convert the procedure to an open approach; or the need for additional or larger incision sites. Converting the procedure to open could mean a longer operative time, long time under anesthesia, and could lead to increased complications. Patients who bleed easily, have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. Research suggests that there may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Potential risks include conversion to other surgical techniques and multiple incisions. Patients should talk to their doctors to decide if da Vinci is right for them. Visit​​y​ for more detailed safety information. The implementation of a da Vinci Surgery program is practice- and hospital-specific. Results will vary. Past customer experience does not imply any guarantee of results in practice or program success. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models. © 2014 Intuitive Surgical, Inc. All rights reserved. Product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. PN 1003049 Rev B 5/14​​

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