The application of robotic surgery in treatment of complex conditions of the colon and rectum has revolutionized the field of colorectal surgery. While UCLA has been at the forefront of laparoscopic minimally invasive colon surgery over the past decade, providing patients with rectal cancer and other complex pelvic conditions such as rectal prolapse with the benefits of minimally invasive surgery using standard laparoscopic instruments has been somewhat limited.
With robotic surgery, colorectal surgeons have gained improved 3D visualization and maneuverability in difficult to access pelvic spaces to perform life-saving surgeries for colorectal cancer and non-cancer conditions with small incisions.
In addition, the enhanced magnification provided with robotic surgery helps the surgeon minimize trauma to important nerves which improves preservation of important quality of life factors such as urinary and sexual function.
At UCLA, our robotic surgeons use the robot to perform:
At UCLA, our colorectal surgeons have the most experience with robotic colorectal surgery in Los Angeles. Furthermore, everyone involved in your robotic surgery trains in teams to provide an exceptional patient experience, from the beginning of surgery until you recover. We pay special attention to managing your pain after surgery and developing a plan to helping you recover.
Many factors influence how a surgeon decides to perform surgery. Discuss all of the possible advantages with your doctor before making a decision that is right for you and your medical condition. Meet our general robotic surgeons.