Robotic Assisted Redo Rectopexy and Low Anterior Resection

Contributors: Craig Rezac, MD

Low anterior resection and rectopexy is the optimal treatment for well functioning patients with rectal prolapse. Reoperations for rectal prolapse may be challenging due to significant adhesions. Use of the robot for low anterior resection and rectopexy is safe, feasible and may be more useful than laparoscopy especially in challenging cases.


Low Anterior Resection for Diverticulitis

Contributors: Craig Rezac, MD

Treatment for recurrent or complicated diverticulitis is surgical resection. Minimally invasive techniques are associated with decreased length of stay and decreased post operative pain. However, laparoscopic low anterior resection is challenging especially in the narrow pelvis. Robotic surgery may overcome these obstacles and allow more surgery for divertiuclitis to be performed minimally invasively.

These surgeons always do a LAR for diverticulitis because they transect on the proximal rectum. They take down the lateral stalks in order to mobilize the rectum and get the eea stapler through the rectum easier.

Bilateral ureteral stents are routinely placed to better identify the ureters. This is especially important in cases of chronic/active diverticulitis or diverticulitis that has been complicated by abscess or fistula. This is the preference of the surgeon.


Completely Robotic Total Proctocolectomy and Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis

Contributors: Nell Maloney Patel, MD and Craig Rezac, MD

There is little role for the use of minimally invasive techniques in the emergent setting for ulcerative colitis. However, for elective procedures, studies have shown that laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy with IPAA is equivalent to open IPAA with regards to safety and feasibility, and that laparoscopic IPAA is associated with shorter recovery times, earlier return to bowel function, less post operative pain and a better cosmetic result. However laparoscopic approaches are difficult especially in the narrow pelvis. These challenges maybe overcome with the daVinci robotic system.


Editor Recruited by: Neil Tanna

da Vinci Total Abdominal Colectomy for Ulcerative Colitis

Contributors: Craig Rezac, MD

This video demonstrates the basic steps of a Robotic-Assisted Total Abdominal Colectomy for Ulcerative Colitis using the da Vinci Xi Robotic System.


da Vinci Robot Assisted Right Hemicolectomy with Intracorporeal Anastamosis

Contributors: Jimmy Lin and Craig Rezac

This procedure is a da Vinci Robot assisted Right hemicolectomy with intracorporeal anastomosis performed on a 52 year-old male who was found to have a cecal adenocarcinoma on screening colonoscopy. Metastatic work-up was negative.


Editor Recruited by: Vincent Obias

da Vinci Assisted Extended Right Hemicolectomy and End Ileostomy

Contributors: Jimmy Lin and  Craig Rezac

Robotic surgery offers benefits to both patient and surgeon by allowing smaller incisions and faster recovery time, to better accuracy, flexibility and control.  Many procedures which have previously been conducted with laparoscopy, or open surgery, are becoming further improved in robotic surgery. This video demonstrates once such procedure, the extended right hemicolectomy.


Authors Recruited By: Vincent Obias. MD. MS

Robotic-assisted Low Anterior Resection with Proximal Colotomy

Contributors: Dr. Jimmy Lin and Dr. Craig Rezac

Robotic surgery offers benefits to both patient and surgeon by allowing smaller incisions with faster recovery time, as well as better accuracy, flexibility and control.  Many procedures which had previously been conducted with laparoscopy, or open surgery, are further improved upon with robotic surgery. This is a video of a robotic-assisted LAR in a male with a T4N2M0 rectal cancer with concern for invasion into the prostate and seminal vesicles. The patient also has a synchronous proximal tubulovillous adenoma which had been biopsied but not completely resected during a previous colonoscopy. He therefore also underwent an intra-operative colotomy and colon polyp resection. This video demonstrates the advantages of robotic-assisted surgery in conjunction with more traditional procedures in order to provide the best care possible for the patient.

Difficult Dissection during a Low Anterior Resection

It is well-accepted that recurrent or complicated diverticulitis is an indication for surgical resection. Minimally invasive techniques, like the daVinci robot, have been developed to enable better visualization of the pelvis with articulating instruments. However, many times, the minimally invasive approach is deferred for cases of severe disease and adhesions. This video demonstrates the dissection of a significantly diseased sigmoid colon during a robotic-assisted low anterior resection. As you can see, with surgeon experience and patience, even complicated cases can be done successfully using the robot.

The patient is a 65-year-old male with a history of multiple episodes of diverticulitis. The most recent episode was complicated by a pericolonic abscess, which was treated non-operatively with drainage and antibiotics. He presents 2 months later for an elective resection.

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