Robotic Surgery

A range of surgical procedures can be conducted robotically.

What is Robotic Surgery?

At Coast Colorectal, we can provide Gold Coast and Tweed Coast patients with the option of robotic surgery. This is a newer technique of minimally invasive surgery, which uses the da Vinci surgical system. It’s available at John Flynn Hospital.

About Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery for colorectal procedures can be useful in many ways. For example, it can result in a clearer picture of the area under examination. Using this technique, it’s also possible to be more precise and controlled, compared to the usual surgical techniques. In some cases, this can help to achieve a better result for patients.

If you might benefit from this surgery option, your colorectal surgeon will discuss this option with you. Most colon and rectal procedures can be successfully completed with the da Vinci robotic platform. This can include operations for:

  • Diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Colon Cancer (Bowel Cancer)
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Prolapse

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

There can be benefits to robotic surgery. These can include the following:

  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster return of bowel function
  • Faster return to a normal diet
  • Faster recovery
  • Small incision for minimal scarring
  • Reduced conversion to open surgery

Risks of Robotic Surgery

As with any medical procedure, it’s important to be aware of the risks of robotic surgery for colorectal procedures. These risks apply to any colorectal surgery and include the following:

  • Anastomotic leak
  • Ileus
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Abscess
  • Urinary problems

Before Your Procedure

If you require colorectal surgery, your colorectal surgeon will discuss these risks and benefits with you, to assist you to make an informed decision that makes sense for your condition.

It’s also important to be aware that there are additional financial costs with robotic surgery. These are often not covered by private funds and are not claimable. This may change as this approach to surgery becomes more commonplace in Australia.

As with the risks and benefits, your colorectal surgeon is here to help you to understand these costs. Before your operation, you’ll have the opportunity to consider these costs and make a choice that suits your circumstances and needs.