Every year, around 140,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with colorectal cancer – a malignant form of cancer that develops from a small polyp into tumor over the passage of time. The screening process with the help of colonoscopy helps in the detection & removal of the polyps –as such aiding in both the early detection & prevention of colorectal cancers. However, when the polyps become too large or difficult to get rid of by colonoscopy, surgery is required.
In the latest technological advancement, the innovative robotic system can now help in the removal of the colorectal lesions without the involvement of any surgery. With the collaboration between the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and the Division of Colorectal Surgery at NYU Langone Health has been the first-ever center in New York to make use of the revolutionary Flex Robotic System inside the gastrointestinal tract. While working together, the leading colorectal surgeon named Mitchell Bernstein and gastroenterologist named Seth A. Gross, were able to remove a massive, premalignant colorectal lesion inside a woman. The woman after the removal of the colorectal lesion was discharged later on the same day itself.
This is the first time that a high-tech robotic platform has been incorporated in the process of gastrointestinal endoscopy. This gives the hope for future robot-aided surgeries in the effective treatment of major diseases and ailments –all across the world