The Center for Colon & Rectal Surgery at The GW Medical Faculty Associates treats patients for colon and rectal cancers, inflammatory bowel disease, colon polyps, and other disorders like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis. Most of these surgeries are performed with minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic techniques.
The Center for Colon & Rectal Surgery at The GW Medical Faculty Associates is proud to be the first in metropolitan Washington to perform robotic colectomies and continues to perform more of these procedures than any facility in the region. Our surgeons are trained in the use of the da Vinci surgical system and are proud to serve as a national training center for surgeons around the country.
Minimally invasive procedures reduce the risk of complications, as they lessen scarring and pain and abbreviate hospital stays. Most patients are able to return to normal activities more quickly than patients who undergo open procedures.
Robot-assisted surgery offers still more advantages by enhancing the surgeon's precision and control. The robot is especially helpful in treating certain tumors which lie in sensitive tissue near the sphincter muscle, which affects urinary and sexual function. It also allows the surgeon to operate in areas of the body which are more difficult to access, reducing the need for traditional large, incisions.