ST. LOUIS, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Missouri Baptist Medical Center  now provides patients with a new, minimally invasive surgical treatment option for colorectal cancer – robotic surgery with the da Vinci®-S™ Surgical System. Eric D. Lederman, MD, a board certified general and colon and rectal surgeon, performed the first da Vinci robot-assisted colorectal surgery at Missouri Baptist in late 2010. He is one of only four surgeons in Missouri who can perform this surgery robotically.(1)
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Colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon or rectum – is the third most common form of cancer for both men and women in the U.S. Annually, 140,000 people are diagnosed with the disease, causing 60,000 deaths. Colorectal cancer begins  when normal cells in the lining of the colon or rectum begin to change and grow uncontrollably, forming a mass called a tumor. Sometimes it spreads to lymph nodes or other organs. According to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons , colorectal cancer requires surgery in nearly all cases for complete cure.
Most patients whose cancer can be removed with this robotic option, experience less pain, blood loss and scarring, plus quicker return of bowel function and normal diet, and shortened hospital stays. This state-of-the-art, robotically-assisted system allows the surgeon to operate with just a few dime-sized incisions for the robotic instruments, plus a two-to-three inch incision to remove the tumor, versus making the large 10-inch open abdominal incision required for traditional colorectal surgery.
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