Surgery Beyond Human Limits

February 1, 2018

“I control the robot from a computer console and the robot’s arms move with the surgical tools, which helps minimize the pain and risk during the surgery and increases the likelihood of a fast and easy recovery with excellent clinical outcomes,” Delano said.




Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a leading provider of advanced, multi-specialty, minimally invasive robotic surgery across southern Colorado. Surgery is generally the most effective treatment option for a wide range of conditions but traditional open surgery has its drawbacks – pain, trauma, long recovery time and an increased risk of infection. Fortunately, less invasive options are available to many people facing surgery and at Penrose Hospital, Dr. Benjamin A. Delano with Colorado Springs Surgical Associates has been pioneering robotically-assisted colon and rectal surgeries for half a decade. 


“Robotic-assisted surgery allows the surgeon to control pain much better, minimize hospital stay and enhance recovery protocols because of the procedure is noninvasive,” Delano said. “Less than ten years ago traditional open surgery was common practice, but that required patients to suffer and recover from large incisions, severe trauma to their bodies and much longer hospital stays, sometimes up to 12 days.” 


Minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, the latest evolution in surgical technology, offers an effective alternative to traditional open surgery and even laparoscopy, with the best of both techniques. Surgeons like Delano can operate using only one to two-centimeter incisions, with greater precision and control than ever before. Penrose-St. Francis surgeons proudly use the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which provides a 3D/HD view inside the patient’s body and utilizes tiny instruments and techniques far more precise than the human hand with enhanced vision and control.  


With robotic-assisted surgery at Penrose-St. Francis, highly-trained and experienced surgeons like Delano can reassure their patients with less blood loss, significantly less pain, quicker return of bowel function, lower rate of complications, shorter hospital stays, a faster return to normal daily activities and less scarring. As a colorectal surgery expert, Delano has extensive experience and a strong interest in treating colorectal disease, both benign and malignant. Some of the conditions he often treats are colon and rectal cancer, diverticulitis, colon and rectal polyps and anal fissures, polyps or cancers. 


Delano specializes in Robotic Abdominoperineal Resection (APR), which he performs to surgically 

remove rectal cancers lying on the anal sphincters, within the rectum. He utilizes the da Vinci System because it allows for easier access to the lower rectum than other approaches, with the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. The state-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies while giving full control to the surgeon, taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. 





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