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da Vinci Colectomy

If you have been diagnosed with a colon condition such as: colon cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, your doctor may recommend surgery. Surgery to remove all or part of the colon is known as a colectomy.

If your doctor recommends surgery, ask about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery.

Why da Vinci Surgery?

Instead of a large abdominal incision used in open surgery, da Vinci surgeons make just a few small incisions - similar to 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. da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Colectomy offers the following potential benefits:

  • Precise removal of cancerous tissue1
  • Low blood loss1,2
  • Quick return of bowel function2,3
  • Quick return to a normal diet2,3
  • Low rate of complications1,2,3
  • Low conversion rate to open surgery compared to traditional laparoscopy2,3
  • Short hospital stay1,2,3
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring

State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. da Vinci – taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.

Physicians have used the da Vinci System successfully worldwide in approximately 1.5 million various surgical procedures to date. da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.

Risks & Considerations Related to Colectomy & da Vinci Surgery:

Potential risks of any colectomy procedure include:1

    • Anastomotic leak (intestinal fluid leak)
    • Ileus (bowel blockage)
    • Pulmonary embolism (blocked lung artery)
    • Abscess
    • Urinary problems

    1. Patel CB, Ragupathi M, Ramos-Valadez DI, Haas EM. A three-arm (laparoscopic, hand-assisted, and robotic) matched-case analysis of intraoperative and postoperative outcomes in minimally invasive colorectal surgery. Dis Colon Rectum. 2011 Feb;54(2):144-50.
    2. D'Annibale A, Morpurgo E, Fiscon V, Trevisan P, Sovernigo G, Orsini C, Guidolin D. Robotic and laparoscopic surgery for treatment of colorectal diseases. Dis Colon Rectum. 2004 Dec;47(12):2162-8.
    3. Spinoglio G, Summa M, Priora F, Quarati R, Testa S. Robotic colorectal surgery: first 50 cases experience. Dis Colon Rectum. 2008 Nov;51(11):1627-32. Epub 2008 May 17.

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Important Safety Information

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to for Important Safety Information.

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