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Published: Nov 13, 2012

By Tampa General Hospital

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November 13, 2012 (Tampa, FL) - Patients treated through Tampa General Hospital for colon and rectal cancer will have a new, distinct advantage beginning with the first surgery of its kind on the West Coast of Florida. In November, Jorge Marcet, MD at Tampa General Hospital performed surgery for Colon Cancer utilizing the da Vinci Robot outfitted with Firefly fluorescence imaging to help make colon cancer surgery less invasive and more precise. “Robotic-assisted surgery provides surgeons with a higher level of visualization and therefore, accuracy. Now, with the integration of Firefly fluorescence imaging during robotic procedures, surgeons can observe tissue even more clearly, further improving surgical precision,” said Dr. Marcet, Tampa General Hospital. “The process involves the injection of a fluorescent dye that helps surgeons identify healthy, viable tissue. Using this imaging technology will potentially lower the risk of complications in the reconstructed tissue and help prevent the need for additional surgeries.” The da Vinci Surgical System is a robot-assisted, minimally invasive tool that enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through tiny incisions with breakthrough vision, precision, dexterity and control. “Firefly technology will allow the most accurate assessment of the intestine prior to performing very delicate colon surgeries of any kind, improving the quality of the surgery. The ability to use Firefly for this application is especially good news for our patients with colorectal cancer,” said Dr. Marcet. Dr. Marcet says the advantages of laparoscopic robotic assisted colorectal surgery include:

  • Low blood loss
  • Quicker return to bowel function
  • Quicker return to normal diet
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Quicker return to normal activities

Tampa General Hospital also offers da Vinci procedures for gynecological surgeries such as hysterectomies, cervical and uterine cancers, uterine fibroids and endometriosis, urological procedures including prostate, bladder and kidney cancers, vesicoureteral reflux and prostatectomy and for general surgery including gall bladder, hernia, reflux, and colorectal procedures. Dr. Marcet is a colorectal surgeon, the Vice Chief of Surgery with Tampa General Hospital and Professor of Surgery with the USF Morsani College of Medicine.