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The first robotic surgery was performed in the U.S. in 1997. Today, robot assisted surgeries are extremely common, with approximately 400,000 robot assisted procedures performed every year. Those numbers continue to increase as multi-armed robotic procedures become more and more mainstream.

In most cases, patients require only three or four incisions for a robotic colorectal surgery. Though every person is different, the average incision length is just two centimeters. Not only does this minimize the risk of infection, but it also leads to a faster healing process and little or no scarring. Furthermore, people who undergo robotic surgery have a nearly zero percent rate of blood transfusions during the procedure compared with people who undergo open surgery who have much higher rates.

The recovery experience largely depends on the type of procedure performed and individual patient health; however most people experience a significantly shorter hospital stay than those who undergo open surgery. On average, robotic colorectal surgery also yields less pain and a faster return to normal diet and bowel function.