Minimally Invasive Colon and Rectal Surgery

You may be a candidate for minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgical techniques enable our surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions.

Minimally invasive surgery is used to treat such colorectal conditions as: colon cancer, rectal cancer, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease).

Minimally invasive surgery offers patients needing removal of part or all of the colon and/or rectum potential benefits such as:

  • Low blood loss
  • Quicker return to bowel function
  • Quicker return to diet
  • Short hospital stay
  • Fast recovery time
  Providence Health and Services Colorectal Health NW
Total Surgeries 3248 140
Average length of stay after surgery 5.4 days 3 days
Conversion rate to open surgery 16.3% 2.9%
Complication rate 18.8% 2%

When compared to the rest of surgeons using Providence Health and Services Hospitals throughout the Northwest, our results are superior with shorter length of stay in the hospital after surgery, less need for conventional open surgery with large incisions, and a lower complication rate.

Using minimally invasive techniques along with our Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) program have allowed our surgeons to obtain such exceptional results for our patients.

The da Vinci Robot is used for about half of the minimally invasive procedures that we do at Colorectal Health NW.

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