The colon and rectum aid in digestion by removing salt, water and other nutrients from digested food and produce and store stool. Digestive conditions including colon cancer, diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease) and rectal cancer can cause the need for sections of the colon or rectum to be removed.
Colectomies are traditionally performed with a single, large incision over the abdomen, allowing surgeons to put their hands inside the patient's abdomen to perform the operation. Laprascopic surgery is now being used to perform colectomies with multiple, small incisions and narrow instruments. Robotic-assisted laparascopic surgery is also being used to perform colectomies in challenging areas, including the lower pelvis.
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