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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Surgeon uses unique robotics procedure to treat colorectal cancer patient

BEECH GROVE, Ind. – Today, (May 29) at St. Francis Hospital-Beech Grove, Dipen Maun, M.D., used sophisticated robotic technology to perform a low anterior resection on a rectal cancer patient – a procedure that is the first of its kind in Indiana.
Maun, a surgeon with the St. Francis-affiliated Kendrick Regional Center for Colon and Rectal Care, performed a low anterior resection (LAR) to remove a cancerous tumor from the patient’s lower rectum. Traditionally, such operations required large incisions and lengthy recovery periods. More recently, the surgeries have been performed laparoscopically to minimize pain and accelerate recovery.

What made Maun’s approach unique is that he used the da Vinci™ Surgical System.

"The da Vinci robotic system offers many advantages for the patient," said Maun, who specializes in endoscopy and laparoscopic colorectal surgery. "These include decreased conversion rates from laparoscopic to open surgery, improved specimen completeness, fewer complications, and possibly shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times."

The system, developed by Intuitive Surgical, also provides the surgical team with improved options. Working at the da Vinci controls several feet from the operating table, the attending surgeon has an enhanced 3-D view of the field of operation, improved dexterity and greater precision.

The da Vinci system was developed more than a decade ago at the urging of the Department of Defense. Military surgeons were looking for ways they could perform procedures from remote locations, far from battlefields. While that ultimate goal has yet to be realized, the computerized robotic system has been welcomed by surgeons in public and private hospitals worldwide.

More information about the Kendrick Regional Center for Colon and Rectal Care, located on the St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville campus, is at
To learn more about the St. Francis Colorectal Cancer Center of Excellence go to