There are many different diseases and conditions that affect the colon and the gastrointestinal tract. Common diseases include colon cancer, rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis. Patients in Apple Valley and Victorville who suffer from these conditions often feel uncomfortable, as there is significant chronic pain as well as other many other inconvenient symptoms associated with these diseases. In order to provide patients with the highest quality of life, Elijah Mobley M.D. often recommends surgery.
The following procedures typically require a traditional open technique, but using state-of-the-art technology Dr. Mobley can complete most of these surgeries using a minimally-invasive approach. The da Vinci® Surgical System makes this possible. The da Vinci® system is a robotic assistant tool that allows Dr. Mobley to use greater care and precision to complete the colorectal operation using only a small incision no larger than 2 cm wide. He can perform the following surgeries with the help of the da Vinci® system:
Low Anterior Resection — This surgical procedure treats rectal cancer. During this operation, the diseased part of the rectum is removed from the body. The surgeon takes great care to ensure that the anus is unaffected by this operation. After the cancerous portion of the rectum is removed, the colon is reattached to the remaining portion of the rectum. The patient will still be able to move their bowels and can avoid a colostomy bag.
Abdominoperineal Resection — This procedure is required for patients who have cancerous cells in the lowest portion of the rectum. The entire rectum must be removed in order to complete the procedure, and patients will have to use a colostomy bag after the operation.
Colectomy — This surgical procedure is designed for patients who are suffering from colon cancer, diverticulitis or inflammatory bowel disease. During this operation, the diseased portion of the colon is removed.
Patients who require one or more of these procedures to treat their colorectal issues may find that the da Vinci® colorectal surgery is the best choice for them. The da Vinci® system utilizes 3D cameras and state-of-the-art instruments that provide the surgeon with greater capabilities than can be achieved by the human hand. Dr. Mobley has more dexterity and greater precision when working with the da Vinci® system. There are many other benefits for those with colorectal issues, including:
- Excellent cancer control.
- Short recovery period with less time in the hospital.
- Bowel function returns quicker than with other techniques.
- Patients can resume their old diets faster.
The da Vinci® Surgical System is controlled by Dr. Mobley the entire time. Patients can trust that this robotic tool is completely safe and effective. It will not and cannot make its own decisions and movements. To find out more information about da Vinci® colorectal surgery, set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Mobley. He will evaluate your individual condition as well as your personal environmental and genetic factors to help you decide if this is the right surgical approach for you.