Small intestine surgery is sometimes performed with robotic assistance. At Moffitt Cancer Center, our surgeons use the da Vinci® Surgical System to achieve a high level of precision, and also to help our patients attain the best possible outcomes and quality of life.
During robotic surgery, a surgeon performs the operation as he or she normally would, but uses a console that translates his or her real-time movements into smaller, more exact motions that are carried out by the robotic system. The surgeon is in control of the entire process.
Depending on a patient’s specific diagnosis and medical history, Moffitt’s surgeons may perform any of the following procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System:
- Small bowel resection
- Duodenal resection
Robotic surgery offers a number of potential benefits over traditional surgery. For instance, many patients whose procedures are performed with the da Vinci Surgical System experience less blood loss and less scarring after surgery. The recovery times tend to be shorter for robotic procedures as well. And, while robotic surgery can be a promising option for many individuals, our surgeons also specialize in other minimally invasive and traditional techniques, allowing our patients to receive the types of treatment that are most appropriate for their needs
Any time that surgery is part of a patient’s treatment plan, he or she can turn to our team for comprehensive support. Our supportive care specialists are here to help patients adjust to life after small intestine surgery, providing solutions for any physical and emotional challenges as they arise. This is just part of Moffitt’s commitment to treating each patient as an individual – not just a statistic.