Over 95% of our procedures are successfully performed using Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic or Robotic surgery -even those who have had prior surgery or severe colorectal disease.
- Dr. Eric Haas
Chief, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital
This animated video explains laparoscopic minimally invasive colorectal surgery:
Robotic-assisted surgery is another breakthrough in minimally invasive surgery for colon and rectal diseases. Until recently, patients have had the option of traditional or laparoscopic surgery. Now with the advances made possible by Robotic-assisted surgery, patients have all the advantages of minimally invasive surgery with the addition of modern technology.
The surgical robotic system has one camera arm and three surgical arms that connect to the patient through tiny incisions. The surgeon operates the robotic arms. With the specialized robotic instruments and high-definition magnified camera, the surgeon is able to do incredibly delicate and complicated procedures in a very precise and safe fashion.
We perform all surgery with minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. We typically prefer robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery for more complex procedures that require precise technique such as rectal cancer, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. During our consultation we will discuss which type of minimally invasive approach is recommended for your specific situation.
Patients benefit from a much smaller surgical incision, usually only 1 1/2 centimeters, which leads to less pain and a shorter recovery time. The benefits are the same as laparoscopic surgery and when compared to open traditional surgery, the most common patient benefits include:
Our surgeons will meet with you to determine if this type of surgery is best for you. Robotic-assisted surgery is particularly beneficial for procedures that require access to areas of the body such as the pelvis. This approach allows us to almost always avoid the need for a permanent colostomy.
Yes, Dr. Eric Haas is one of the pioneers of minimally invasive robotic surgery in the United States. He performed the first Robotic-Assisted surgery for colon and rectal cancer in Houston at the Texas Medical Center in 2009 and since has developed many techniques and advancements in this technology. He has become a world leader in this approach and has published numerous surgical journal article and book chapters.