Rectal cancer is the development of cancerous cells in the lining of the rectum, which is the last several inches of the large intestine closest to the anus.
Treatment choices for rectal cancer depend on the location of the tumor and the extent of the disease. Surgery, including a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive procedure, is one treatment option. Inova's state-of-the-art da Vinci® surgical system provides your doctor with enhanced vision, dexterity, control and precision. The surgery is performed through a few tiny incisions and avoids the need for the large incision required of traditional open surgery.
Benefits of robotic assisted surgery over open surgery include:
- Excellent clinical outcomes for cancer control
- Quick return to bowel function
- Fast return to diet
- Less blood loss
- Fast recovery times
Talk with your surgeon about whether robotic-assisted surgery is an option for you. Or call 1-855-My-Inova (1-855-694-6682) for a referral to one of our da Vinci robotic surgical specialists.