Colorectal Cancer Surgery
Depending on the stage of the tumor, surgery is often the primary treatment of rectal cancer.
Surgical Options for Colorectal Cancer
The rectum sits in the pelvis behind the uterus in women, and behind the prostate and bladder in men. In rectal cancer surgery, the entire rectum needs to be removed. Atrium Medical Center surgical oncologists use a surgical technique called total mesorectal excision (TME).
The Robotic Surgery Advantage
Due to limited space in the pelvis, it is extremely difficult to perform these procedures with standard laparoscopy. The da Vinci® Robotic System allows for a precise dissection around the rectum with the help of miniaturized, wristed instruments that move like the human wrist.
The highly magnified, 3D vision helps surgeons preserve structures such as the pelvic nerves. Recent clinical studies show promising results in the use of robotic technology for rectal cancer surgery.
Learn more about the da Vinci® Surgical System at Atrium Medical Center.
Preparing for Colorectal Cancer Surgery
Premier Health Library
The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about colorectal cancer. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery and much more.
Content Updated: November 10, 2014