Cancer that starts in the colon or rectum is known as colorectal cancer and when it continues to grow it can that hinder the proper functioning of the organs . These cancers are also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer, or rectal cancer, depending on the place where they occur. It is the 4th most common cancer in men and the 3rd most common in women, next to oral cavity, lung, prostate in men and breast & cervical cancers in women. Majority of the times Colorectal cancer grows in the innermost lining of colon or rectum as polyps, which can either be malignant or benign(non-cancerous) and over the period of time some polyps can convert into cancers. If malignant the disease can spread to the nearby organs, lymph nodes and other parts of the body through blood vessels or lymph vessels. Early screening and immediate treatment must be provided to stop disease progression and organ preservation.
The symptoms include and not limited to
It is recommended to consult a doctor if the symptoms persist for more than 3-4 weeks.
Surgery is the most common and primary curative treatment for colorectal cancer. In the past, open surgeries were performed where large incisions were made in the skin to see and operate the area of concern. But, thanks to the advances in the medical technology that now help doctors to perform minimally invasive procedures like laparoscopy, that helps remove the cancer from the colon with fewer incisions made on the skin. Smaller polyps, especially pedunculated ones ( with a stalk) can be removed at the time of Colonoscopy only.
The latest emerging technique in the field of minimally invasive surgery that is currently preferred by the doctors to operate colorectal cancer especially the Rectal Cancers is – ROBOTIC SURGERY.
It is a form of minimally invasive technique that is an extension to the traditional laparoscopic surgery, which relies on minimal incisions and shorter recovery periods.The surgeon performs the surgery with the help of the da Vinci surgical Robot. The finer surgical instruments are mounted on the robot arms. The surgeon controls these instruments from the console present in the operating room.
The robotic surgical system is emerging as the preferred surgical option for colorectal cancer cases due to the limitations offered by laparoscopic surgery. The benefits of the technique include
1. It provides better visualization (3D-HD view) to the surgeon with improved precision and accuracy
2. The instruments offer 540-degree freedom during the procedure that is more than the normal human hand.
3. The instruments are tremor free and stable compared to the human hands
4. In cases of rectal cancer, the robot allows for finer dissection of the rectum out of the tight space
5. Offers greater safety to the surrounding organs with less tissue trauma.
6. The surgery reduces the fatigue and improves the ergonomics of the surgeon
7. The procedure helps in leading to better structural delineation and hence, better preservation of the pelvic nerves and better functional outcomes in terms of lesser urinary and sexual dysfunction..
8. It lowers the conversion rates to open surgery
9 It offers less post-operative pain with a quicker recovery period
10. Better magnification helps to reduce vascular damage leading to lesser blood loss.
For timely diagnosis and prompt treatment of colorectal cancer contact Dr.SHABNAM BASHIR, An eminent colorectal cancer surgeon who is trained in the field of robotic surgery and has unparalleled experience in treating complex cancer cases.
About Dr. Shabnam Bashir
Dr. Shabnam Bashir has time and again proved her extensive and versatile expertise as a Colorectal Cancer Surgeon. This is validated by the successful cases of patients that she has dealt with.Read More