The colon and rectum are part of the large intestine. The intestine is an organ that is part of the digestive system (also called the digestive tract). The digestive system is the group of organs that allows us to eat and to use the food we eat to fuel our bodies.
If your colon or rectum is not functioning properly, you may experience problems such as bloating, gas, pain or bleeding. That discomfort may not be a sign of a serious health problem but you should be aware of the conditions and diseases that can affect the digestive tract, such as:
- Rectal cancer
- Colon cancer
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of outcome. All surgeries involve the risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual; it may not be applicable to your condition. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether da Vinci Surgery is appropriate for your situation. The clinical information and opinions, including any inaccuracies expressed in this material by patients or doctors about da Vinci Surgery, are not necessarily those of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. and should not be considered as substitute for medical advice provided by your doctor. © 2010 Intuitive Surgical. All rights reserved.
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