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Missouri Baptist Medical Center - Only Non-Teaching Hospital in Region to Offer Colorectal Cancer Patients Robotic Surgery
Date:2/3/2011

ond set of hands," said Dr. Lederman.  "With assistance from four robotic arms, I can make micro-movements to enhance my hand maneuverability.  By viewing magnified, three-dimensional (3D) images through a 3D camera, I also gain better visibility within the pelvis, which is a small confined space that is difficult to see and operate in, even with the open surgery.  Thus, the robotic system is able to facilitate surgery deep in the pelvis, giving tremendous visualization and access that was previously not possible.  This has enabled minimally invasive resections for both rectal cancer and benign diseases, such as rectal prolapse or Crohn's disease, for example.  These patients can now experience the benefits of less pain and shorter recovery times," he said.

Traditional open colorectal surgery includes a large incision that may extend from the pubic bone to just below the sternum. The patient's digestive track is reconnected after removing the cancerous tumor to help preserve bowel function. This more invasive type of surgery can be quite painful and requires extended hospital stays.  

Missouri Baptist Medical Center acquired its da Vinci® Surgical System in 2008.  Surgeons use the robot for prostate cancer, gynecological and urologic surgeries.  

About Eric D. Lederman, MD

Dr. Lederman received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and earned his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  He completed his internship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City and his general surgery residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York.  He completed his colorectal surgery fellowship at Saint Louis University.  His surgical interests include minimally-invasive colorectal surgery, colorectal cancer, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, diverticulitis and
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