Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has gained popularity since its introduction. MIS can be performed in patients with colorectal cancer to achieve a variety of outcomes, including the removal of a portion of the colon, removal of the entire colon, creating an ostomy, or reconnecting and reconstructing the colon.
Minimally invasive surgery can also be performed, in some cases, to remove rectal tumors. Specifically, MIS using robotics may be more suitable for rectal cancers than laparoscopic.
Many studies have shown that recovering from MIS is faster and easier than open surgery. Minimally invasive surgeries are also equally safe.
Most patients can undergo minimally invasive surgery. Some factors that could impact your surgery decision are obesity, history of medical conditions, and more. Talk to your doctor.
MIS is also not recommended to patients with large tumors or metastatic disease, if the tumor could not be removed completely.
Talk to your doctor to find out if minimally invasive surgery is an option for you.