The da Vinci Robot

New Treatment for Colon Conditions

Recent advancements in minimally invasive surgical technologies mean that patients have more options other than conventional surgery. The da Vinci® Robot Surgical System is an exciting new treatment option in minimally invasive surgery for colon conditions.

One of the most common treatments for many colon conditions is Colectomy. Colectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of your colon. Traditionally, Colectomy has been performed by open surgery with a large incision made in the abdomen. Your colon, also called your large intestine, is a long tube-like organ at the end of your digestive system. Colectomy may be necessary to treat or prevent diseases and conditions that affect your colon, such as:
. Colon Cancer
. Diverticulitis
. Trauma
. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
. Ulcerative Colitis
. Crohn’s Disease
. Bowel Obstruction
. Typhlitis
. Preventive Surgery

If you have been told you need surgery for any of the colorectal conditions listed above, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery. Now, the da Vinci Surgical System allows surgeons to perform Colectomy via laparoscopic surgery which has many benefits.

Benefits of da Vinci Colectomy Over Open Surgery
Using state-of-the-art technology, the da Vinci System enables doctors to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with breakthrough vision, precision, dexterity and control. da Vinci Colectomy offers numerous benefits over open surgery, including:
. Better clinical outcomes in many cases
. Quicker return to bowel function
. Lower risk of infection
. Quicker return to a normal diet
. Less blood loss
. Less pain from surgery
. Shorter hospital stay
. Shorter recovery time

Are You a Candidate?
Most people are candidates for da Vinci Surgery, but it may not be right for everyone. Only you and your doctor can decide whether surgery is right for you. Before making a decision, it is important to be aware of all treatment options, as well as your physician’s experience as a da Vinci surgeon.

Florida’s Robotic Surgery Leader
The Robotic Surgery Center at Physicians Regional Healthcare System is home to some of the most sought-after physicians in the country performing the newest, most innovative techniques in surgery today. Their physicians not only learn and practice cutting edge medicine, but many are involved in the development of new treatments through active clinical research.

Dr. Vernava, a Board Certified Colorectal Surgeon with Physicians Regional Medical Group, is one of only a handful of physicians in Collier County performing da Vinci Robotic Colectomy. He is currently accepting new patients and will gladly provide consultation to patients with undiagnosed concerns as well as those who seek second opinions.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call (239) 354-6000 (Collier) or (239) 348-4000 (Pine Ridge), or visit our website at

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