Surgical Options for Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Surgery is the standard treatment option for colorectal cancer. Depending on the situation, your physician may suggest you minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopy and robotic surgery.

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Some significant benefits that minimally invasive surgery offers are shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, smaller incisions, less complications, and decreased postoperative pain.
  • In addition to this, robotic approach provides more precise dissection which helps in removing tumor effectively while reducing the risk of nerve damage.
  • Minimally invasive surgery takes the same time as the standard open approaches.

The Laparoscopic Approach

In Laparoscopy, your surgeon will insert a fibre-optic instrument through the abdominal wall to view theabdomen and pelvis without making large incisions. In a standard laparoscopic colorectal surgery, patients usually get two to three small incisions of 1 centimeter and one large incision of 4-5 centimeters near the belly button. In single-incision laparoscopic surgery, only one incision is required at the belly button.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery

In robotic colorectal surgery, one large and four small incisions are needed to remove the specimen. In robotic-assisted surgery, a magnified, HD, 3D camera and robotic instruments are used that bend and move like human wrist into the abdominal cavity. Your surgeon will control the robot from a console from a seated position. The system will translate the hand, wrist and finger movements of the colorectal surgeon into the precise movements of robotic instruments that are inserted into the patient.

As compared to standard laparoscopic instruments, the robotic instruments offer increased dexterity, motion, and articulation. This state-of-the-art surgical option overcomes the limitations of laparoscopic and traditional surgery.

Which Surgical Option is Suitable for You?

It is your colon and rectal surgeon who can suggest you best treatment option after considering all the aspects and current situation. If you are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, make sure you ask your physician if you are the right candidate for robotic surgery or not. Though minimally invasive techniques are helpful, yet the majority of colorectal surgeons in the United States use traditional or standard open incisions. It is important for you to choose a reputable colorectal surgeon in your local area who is specialized in robotic-assisted surgery.

What is Colonoscopy and How It Can Save Your Life

Colonoscopy is a popular procedure in the field of colorectal surgery. However, many people are not aware of the procedure. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer prevalent in the United States. According to the estimates of The American Cancer Society, there have been 95270 new cases of colon cancer and 39220 new cases of rectal cancer. Though colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, it is treatable through colonoscopy.

What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure that allows the colorectal surgeon to view and screen large intestine for any polyps or tumors. In the colonoscopy, the surgeon uses a scoping tool with a camera to screen the colon. You might feel nervous about the process; however you will be sedated during the procedure.

Diagnostic Colonoscopy

It is important to consult your colon and rectalsurgeon when you observe gastrointestinal discomfort and symptoms like severe pain in lower abdominal, rectal bleeding, bowel movement changes, bloody stool, etc. With the help of diagnostic colonoscopy, the doctor will be able to assess your condition and symptoms. Going for colonoscopy doesn’t mean you have a colon cancer.

Preventative Colonoscopy

Once the colon cancer symptoms are found in someone, it is expected that the disease will progress to more advanced level as time passes. Hence, a preventive colonoscopy is important for early detections so the disease is caught before it can develop further. Early stage colon cancer can be easily cured as compared to advanced-stage cancer that has more complications.

Colon Cancer Screenings: Prevention is better than Cure!

Colonoscopy is considered to be highly effective for treating/preventing colon cancer.  If there are any polyps in the colon, they can be removed during the colonoscopy before they can develop into colon cancer. Hence, colonoscopy not only helps in treating colon cancer, but it can also prevent colon cancer.

Every person should go for colon cancer screening after attaining the age of 50. If there is a family history of colon cancer, then you should consult a good colorectal surgeon and get screened earlier.