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Colorectal / General Surgery

Advances in minimally invasive technologies and surgical techniques—such as robot assisted surgery—have changed the way many colorectal problems are treated today. The da Vinci robots at Northern Westchester Hospital are tremendously sophisticated and precise surgical tools used by specially trained surgeons to enhance their skills.

Our experts in minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital New York treat colorectal conditions and cancers.


Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer usually starts in the glands of the colon or rectum lining as non-cancerous (benign) polyps and slowly develops into cancer.(1) Colorectal cancer symptoms may include blood in the stool, changes in bowel habits, pelvic pain, narrow stools, and unexplained weight loss. Colorectal cancer affects nearly 1.3 million people worldwide each year and is the fourth most common cause of cancer related death.(2)

Colorectal Surgery

For rectal cancer, surgeons typically perform low anterior resection (LAR) to connect the rectum to the colon after removing the cancer. An abdominoperineal resection (APR) may also be performed if the rectal cancer is located too close to the anus.

If your doctor recommends colorectal surgery, ask about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery. State-of-the-art da Vinci requires just a few tiny incisions so you can recover quickly, move on to additional treatment if needed, and get back to your life. Ask your doctor if robot-assisted surgery is right for you.

1 Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001308/ 
2 Available from: http://globocan.iarc.fr/factsheets/cancers/colorectal.asp


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