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. The colon and rectum are part of the large intestine. Their primary function is to pass solid waste and empty it from the body.
Typically, colorectal cancer forms in the lining of the intestine wall and may then spread to lymph nodes or other organs over time. Colorectal cancer symptoms may include: blood present with stool, inability to have a bowel movement, pelvic pain, narrowing of the stool, unexplained weight loss, bloating and persistent chronic fatigue.
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 track 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. *The port site locations may vary based upon the type of procedure.
If you have been told you need surgery for rectal cancer, ask your doctor if you are a candidate for a very effective minimally invasive procedure — da Vinci Surgery for Rectal Cancer. da Vinci Surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to help your doctor perform a more precise operation than conventional instrumentation allows.
For most patients, daVinci Surgery offers numerous benefits over open surgery including: