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Minimally Invasive Colorectal and Anal Surgery at UPMC in Central Pa.

The colon and rectal surgeons at UPMC in Central Pa. use the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to provide effective treatment and a quicker, safer recovery.

Why choose UPMC for minimally invasive colorectal and anal surgery?

Our board-certified colon and rectal surgeons are among the most experienced in the region and are skilled in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques. With expertise in robotic, laparoscopic, and open surgery, we individualize your care to minimize recovery time, reduce pain, and provide the best possible outcome.

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery uses laparoscopic or robotic techniques to minimize trauma to the body. Laparoscopic surgery is performed through one or more small incisions in your abdomen. During laparoscopic surgery, your surgeon will insert small tubes with tiny cameras and surgical instruments into the incisions to perform the procedure.

Robotic surgery is similar to laparoscopic surgery. However, instead of your surgeon’s hands controlling the camera and instruments, robotic surgery uses robotic arms to hold cameras and instruments. These wristed instruments provide your surgeon with additional precision and control. During your surgery, your surgeon will control the robot from a special console that provides a 3D view of the surgical area.

Your surgeon may also be able to perform certain procedures with no incision at all. These procedures, called “transanal” procedures, allow your surgeon to treat your condition using surgical instruments that are inserted into your anus.

Although traditional open surgery may be the best treatment for certain conditions, minimally invasive surgery offers several benefits, including:

  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Reduced scarring

What conditions can be treated using minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery can be used to treat a range of colorectal and anal conditions, including:

  • Colon and rectal polyps
  • Colorectal and anal cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Ulcerative colitis

How long does it take to recover after minimally invasive surgery?

Recovery after minimally invasive surgery will depend on your specific procedure. However, when compared to traditional open surgery, minimally invasive surgery is usually associated with less pain, a shorter hospital stay, a lower risk of complications, and a faster recovery time.

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