Surgery is usually the main treatment for colorectal cancer, which is the third most common form of cancer in both men and women.
Traditionally a large open abdominal incision, which may extend from the pubic bone to just below the sternum, is used to remove the cancer and then reconnect the digestive track and preserve normal bowel function. Open colorectal cancer surgery can be quite painful for the patient. It also involves an extended hospital stay and increased risk of infection.
Some patients may be eligible for the minimally invasive da Vinci® Surgery for Colorectal Cancer. State-of-the-art da Vinci® technology is used to help the surgeon perform a more precise operation than conventional surgery allows. The da Vinci® Surgical System provides the surgeon with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view, as the surgery is performed through just a few tiny openings.
The following da Vinci® colorectal surgery procedures are performed at St. Joe's:
- Left hemi colectomy
- Low anterior resection
- Total and subtotal colectomy
For most patients, da Vinci® Surgery offer numerous benefits over traditional open surgery including:
- quicker return to a normal diet and bowel function
- significantly less pain
- less blood loss and risk of wound infection
- shorter hospital stay and recovery time
The following St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Colorectal Specialist performs da Vinci® procedures:
- Amy Braddock, MD
- Dana Busch, DO
- Alicia Kieninger, MD
- Farouk Tootla, MD