da Vinci®Colon Surgery (Colectomy)

Common conditions that may affect your colon include: diverticulitis, colon cancer, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which includes ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. If you have one of these conditions, your doctor may suggest surgery to remove all or part of your colon. This surgery is called a colectomy.

A colectomy may be done with open surgery through one large incision (cut). It can also be done with minimally invasive surgery through a few small incisions using traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.

Why da Vinci® Surgery?

The da Vinci System is a robotic-assisted surgical device that your surgeon is 100% in control of at all times. The da Vinci System gives surgeons a 3D HD view inside your body, tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand, and enhanced vision, precision and control.

da Vinci Colectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:

  • Lower blood loss 1,2
  • Quicker return of bowel function 1,3
  • Lower rate of complications 1,4,5
  • Shorter hospital stay 1,4
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring


The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.


Risks and Considerations Related to Bowel Resection and Other Colorectal Procedures (removal of all/part of the intestine): leaking and/or narrowing at the spot where two sections of bowel were reconnected, colorectal or anal dysfunction (cannot empty bowel, frequent bowel movements, leakage or constipation).

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    2. Rondelli F, Balzarotti R, Villa F et al. Is robot-assisted laparoscopic right colectomy more effective than the conventional laparoscopic procedure? A meta-analysis of short-term outcomes. International Journal of Surgery. 2015;18:75-82. doi:10.1016/j.ijsu.2015.04.044.
    3. Zarak A, Castillo A, Kichler K, de la Cruz L, Tamariz L, Kaza S. Robotic versus laparoscopic surgery for colonic disease: a meta-analysis of postoperative variables. Surgical Endoscopy. 2015;29(6):1341-1347. doi:10.1007/s00464-015-4197-7.
    4. Altieri M, Yang J, Telem D et al. Robotic approaches may offer benefit in colorectal procedures, more controversial in other areas: a review of 168,248 cases. Surgical Endoscopy. 2015;30(3):925-933. doi:10.1007/s00464-015-4327-2.
    5. Lorenzon L, Bini F, Balducci G, Ferri M, Salvi P, Marinozzi F. Laparoscopic versus robotic-assisted colectomy and rectal resection: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Colorectal Disease. 2015;31(2):161-173. doi:10.1007/s00384-015-2394-4.

PN 1002198 Rev C 10/2016

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  http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/Safety for Important Safety Information.

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