Robotic Colon & Rectal Surgery

The Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery at Rochester General Hospital offers state-of-the-art robotic colon & rectal surgery and minimally invasive procedures, including a new breakthrough treatment for bowel incontinence, also known as fecal incontinence (FI), a condition estimated to impact more than 6 million Americans.

Rochester General Hospital is the first hospital in Upstate New York to implement the da Vinci Surgical System—the world’s first robotic surgical system with 3D HD vision—bringing our surgeons to the forefront of this rapidly evolving option for colon & rrectal surgical care and offering patients the most advanced surgical procedures for the best possible outcomes.

This state-of-the-art robotic surgical equipment provides detailed views of the affected tissue at twice the regular resolution, through just a few small incisions, allowing our surgeons to perform complex colon and rectal operations with greater precision and control than ever before. 

Robotic colon & rectal surgery also offers our patients significant advantages over traditional “open” surgeries, including:

  • Reduced pain and trauma to the body
  • Less blood loss and need for transfusions
  • Less postoperative pain and discomfort
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities
  • Less scarring and improved cosmesis
Watch the video below to learn about Robotic Surgery to treat Colon Cancer 

Conditions Treated with Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci Surgical System has excellent clinical outcomes and is used by our surgical team to effectively treat a variety of colon & rectal conditions, including:

  • Anal cancer
  • Colitis
  • Colonic inertia
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diverticular disease
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Large colorectal polyps