Colorectal Robotic Surgery in Pasadena, California

Advantages of robotic surgery are:

  • Improved accuracy
  • Improved precision
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time

Doctors often recommend surgery when medicine and lifestyle changes cannot ease abdominal or gastrointestinal symptoms. If surgery is recommended, learning about all surgical options can help patients make an informed decision.

While surgery is an effective treatment for many abdominal and gastrointestinal conditions, the traditional open surgery, using a large incision, is highly invasive compared to newer, less invasive options. In addition, open surgery requires a longer hospital stay and lengthy recovery time.

Fortunately, there are minimally invasive surgical options available to patients today. The most common is laparoscopic surgery (laparoscopy). Using laparoscopic surgery, a surgeon makes a few small incisions and inserts a tiny camera and long-handled instruments to reach inside the abdomen. The camera transmits images onto a video monitor in the operating room to guide surgeons as they operate.

As with any type of surgery, there are difficulties that may be experienced. Even though traditional laparoscopy is effective for many routine procedures, the rigid surgical instruments can be challenging to implement for delicate, complex operations for even the most veteran surgeons. This extra difficulty may cause more trauma to patients and increase recovery time.

What is Robotic Surgery?

Robotic surgery is the most advanced minimally invasive option for patients facing abdominal or gastrointestinal surgery. Instead of a large abdominal incision used in open surgery, da Vinci surgeons make a few small incisions–similar to traditional laparoscopy. However unlike traditional laparoscopy, the da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control.

The surgeon has absolute control over the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments during the operation, taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. The da Vinci robotic surgery system uses the latest in surgical and robotic technologies and is beneficial for performing complex surgery. Contact Dr. Kaufman to see if the da Vinci System is a surgical option for you.

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Hemorrhoid Removal
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Howard Kaufman, MD

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Pasadena, CA 91105

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