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Robotic Colorectal Surgery Specialist

Colon and Rectal Clinic of Tampa Bay

Lourdes T Santiago , MD

Colorectal Surgery & General Surgery located in Clearwater, FL

Robotic colorectal surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows surgeons to perform complex surgeries with better precision. Lourdes Santiago, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon at the Colon and Rectal Clinic of Tampa Bay in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Santiago performs robotic colorectal surgery to treat a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Robotic Colorectal Surgery Q&A

What is robotic colorectal surgery?

Robotic colorectal surgery is an advanced minimally invasive surgical technique. It combines laparoscopic surgical tools with robotic technology to improve patient outcomes.

During robotic colorectal surgery, Dr. Santiago sits at a special computer console that allows her to see a high-definition (HD), magnified view of the surgical site. She then uses a hand-held tool to control the robotic arms that move the camera and surgical tools she uses for the procedure.

The robotic arms have small surgical tools that allow Dr. Santiago to perform procedures through very small incisions. The robotic technology gives Dr. Santiago the ability to make precise incisions and perform procedures with greater flexibility.

What does robotic colorectal surgery treat?

At the Colon and Rectal Clinic of Tampa Bay, Dr. Santiago may use robotic colorectal surgery to treat a wide range of conditions that affect the large intestine. That might include:

  • Diverticulitis — inflammation of the diverticula
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Bowel blockages
  • Abscesses
  • Colon cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Fecal or urinary incontinence

The specifics of the procedure she performs may depend on your diagnosis and surgical needs. During colorectal surgery, Dr. Santiago removes part or all of your colon (colectomy) or your colon and rectum (proctocolectomy).

What are the benefits of robotic colorectal surgery?

Robotic colorectal surgery offers many benefits. The minimally invasive surgical tool allows Dr. Santiago to perform complex procedures with better precision. With this innovative technology, she may perform procedures not possible using other techniques.

Robotic colorectal surgery also means smaller incisions, less post-surgical pain, and a faster recovery for you. You can also expect less scarring.

In most cases, robotic surgery may reduce your overall surgical risk.

Am I a candidate for robotic colorectal surgery?

Dr. Santiago determines if you’re a candidate for robotic colorectal surgery after a consultation. She customizes your surgical plan based on your diagnosis, surgical needs, and medical and surgical history.

Though robotic colorectal surgery offers many benefits, Dr. Santiago designs surgical plans that give you the best outcomes. 

For most patients and conditions, she can use minimally invasive techniques, like robotic surgery, when performing procedures. However, sometimes, traditional open surgery makes the better choice.

Call the Colon and Rectal Clinic of Tampa Bay or schedule an appointment online today.