Our highly trained surgeons have advanced experience with treating colorectal cancer. Recent technology has allowed us to provide additional surgical options with more benefits than conventional surgery.
Longstreet Clinic is home to the only board-certified, fellowship-trained colorectal surgeon in the area. Learn more about him.
The robotic surgery system is the surgery of choice for rectal cancer which can mean a maximum hospital stay of up to seven days. The precision of the robotic incisions reduces the length of hospital stay as well as other unwanted post-op complications. Another advantage of the robotic surgery method for colon surgery is the decrease in blood loss.
With the superior results, surgeons project that the use of robotic surgery for rectal cancer is only going to increase. In 2014, 17 percent of rectal cancer surgeries were performed robotically compared to only 10 percent using the laparoscopic method.
About Colorectal Cancer
Worldwide, cancer of the colon and rectum is the third leading cause of cancer in males and the fourth leading cause of cancer in females according to the American Cancer Society. Colorectal cancer occurs in both men and women and is most often found among people who are over the age of 50. Colorectal refers to the colon and rectum, which together make up the large intestine. Colorectal cancer can originate anywhere in the large intestines. The majority of colorectal cancers develop first as polyps, abnormal growths inside the colon or rectum that may become cancerous.
The ACS recommends that even healthy people at normal risk for colon cancer should undergo a colonoscopy at age 50 and every 10 years thereafter, for the purpose of removing colonic polyps before they become cancerous. For African-Americans, the age recommended for your first colonoscopy is 45.