Rectal Prolapse - Minimally Invasive Treatment Options via da Vinci Robotic Surgery
Recent advancements in minimally invasive surgical technologies mean that savvy patients have options other than conventional surgery. San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center has invested in the latest, most precise technology - the da Vinci Robot Surgical System, an exciting new treatment option in minimally invasive surgery for conditions including Rectal Prolapse or Rectocele. Use this page to learn more about advanced treatment options for Rectal Prolapse including robotic surgery using the da Vinci surgical system.
What is Rectal Prolapse? What is Rectocele?
Rectal prolapse is similar to, but not the same as, rectocele, which is a common condition in women. Both conditions are rare but childbirth and other life history activities can bring about either rectal prolapse or rectocele. Vaginal prolapse may be a related condition. Check with your physician for a proper diagnosis. The rectum is the lowest 12-15 centimeters of the large intestine. It is located just above the anal canal. In normal people, the rectum is attached securely to the pelvis with the help of muscles and ligaments. This holds the rectum in place, but various factors, such as age, long-term constipation, and the stress of childbirth, may cause ligaments and muscles to weaken, which may weaken the rectum's attachment to the body. This causes the rectum to prolapse, or slip, meaning it slips or falls out of place. Occasionally, large hemorrhoids (large, swollen veins inside the rectum) may predispose the rectum to prolapse.
A rectocele is a prolapsed rectum that can result when the posterior wall of the vagina prolapses. Rectocele is defined as bulging of the front wall of the rectum into the vagina. Rectocele is due to weakening of the pelvic support structures and thinning of the rectovaginal septum (the tissues separating the rectum from the vagina). Also called a proctocele.
What are the risk factors for rectocele? They include a history of multiple, difficult or prolonged deliveries, forceps or other assisted methods of delivery, perineal tears, an episiotomy into the rectum or anal sphincter muscles, hysterectomy, and constipation and straining with bowel movements.
Rectal Prolapse / Rectocele - da Vinci Robotic Surgery as a Minimally Invasive Treatment Option
If you have been diagnosed with Rectal Prolapse or Rectocele, you should consider all your treatment options and work with your physician to identify the best treatment option for you. The da Vinci® Surgical System is one of the advanced, minimally invasive treatment options now provided by California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. Our top San Francisco based surgeons are highly trained specialists in robotics surgery, including the use of the da Vinci robot for Rectal Prolapse or Rectocele.
The da Vinci robotic surgery system is a state-of-the-art surgical platform with 3D, high-definition vision and patented surgical instruments. da Vinci can be a very effective way to treat Rectal Prolapse or Rectocele while minimizing the side effects of surgery.
If your doctor recommends surgery to treat Rectal Prolapse or Rectocele, you may therefore be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery. Doctors at CPMC are using the most advanced technology available, the da Vinci Surgical System. da Vinci allows the surgeon to operate through a few tiny incisions. Advantages include -
- Quick return of bowel function
- Quicker return to normal diet
- Less risk of infection
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
da Vinci is a robotic surgery system in which the surgeon controls a robot through advanced technology. Even with this advanced robotic surgical treatment for Rectal Prolapse or Rectocele, the surgeon is always in control. Advanced robotic surgery for Rectal Prolapse or Rectocele is one of the many advanced surgeries performed at CPMC, San Francisco.
Is da Vinci Robotic Surgery the Best Treatment Option for You? What are the best treatment guidelines for Rectal Prolapse or Rectocele?
Rectal Prolapse is a complex condition, and you should consult with your primary care physician as well as your specialist to consider your best treatment options. da Vinci is one of the newer robotic techniques and has been very successful, when used appropriately. Ultimately, however, only you and your surgeon can decide if da Vinci is the best minimally invasive treatment option for you.
Take the first step and make an appointment with a CPMC physician today. We have several surgeons qualified to use the da Vinci robot for Rectal Prolapse - reflecting an investment in the best surgical technologies used by some of the best surgeons in San Francisco, in California, and in the United States as a whole. We are one of the top-rated da Vinci robotic surgical centers in California, and our staff looks forward to identifying the best treatment options and guidelines for you.
About Robotic Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System at CPMC San Francisco
San Francisco residents as well as people who come from all over the United States know that CPMC’s top surgeons are among the best in the San Francisco Bay area at performing da Vinci Robot-assisted surgeries. In fact, CPMC’s gynecologists perform more da Vinci Robot-assisted surgeries than any other San Francisco Bay Area doctors. Robotic surgery such as the da Vinci surgical system is now the gold standard of treatment for many conditions. Our commitment is to be one of the best robotic and da Vinci surgery centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, in California, and in the United States and to work with our patients to determine the best treatment options, including minimally invasive robotic surgery using the top-rated da Vinci robot. Our Robotic Surgery Department serves the entire San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco and Marin County, as well as the entire Northern California region with da Vinci certified surgeons.
Note: da Vinci takes its name from Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci the famous Italian artist and scientist. “da Vinci” may be misspelled as one word, daVinci, as in daVinci robotic surgery, or daVinci surgery, or daVinci certified surgeon, but the correct spelling is two words, da Vinci.