The new frontiers of minimally invasive surgery of the digestive system and of colorectal cancer


Nursing home Villa Margherita, an excellence in the national health scene …


Technological progress and the constant improvement of the operating methods have allowed us to achieve extraordinary goals in the field of minimally invasive surgery of the digestive system and in particular in colorectal surgery. Laparoscopic surgery, more respectful of anatomical integrity than traditional surgery, reduces surgical trauma, limits post-operative pain and allows faster functional and psychosomatic recovery.

To illustrate the latest frontiers of this surgery is Prof. Giuseppe Sica, Director of General Surgery and specialist in minimally invasive surgery at the Policlinico Tor Vergata in Rome.

Prof. Sica, what are the strengths of the department you direct?

A highly qualified team, personalized courses shared with general practitioners (FIMMG) and, flagship, our program of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS), whose goal is precisely to reduce post-operative complications, the hospital stay and to allow an overall improvement in the quality of care. No fasting is more necessary before or after the surgical procedure, bore tubes and catheters have been abandoned and thanks to laparoscopic surgery, the functional recovery is practically immediate.

You work as a freelancer at the Villa Margherita nursing home, an excellence in the national healthcare scene also in the field of advanced laparoscopic mini-invasive surgery.

Yes, at Villa Margherita I coordinate a minimally invasive surgery unit that offers H24 assistance for the endoscopic and surgical treatment of functional and neoplastic pathologies of the digestive system and not only. The facility uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery equipment, including the latest 3D technology. I work with colleagues who, in their field, are among the best professionals in Rome and the province. Our services of anaesthesia and reanimation, interventional endoscopy, medical oncology, endocrinology, clinical nutrition and psychotherapy are all at the top of the sector.

In the past I directed a surgery unit in Oxford in England; from this experience I have reported an organization centered on the individual and on the personalization of the treatment, even though following international guidelines that I myself helped to design and implement. With state-of-the-art technological equipment and the collaboration of highly qualified personnel, Villa Margherita can guarantee a highly professional treatment for the prevention and treatment of the nowadays very common colorectal cancer, as well as other cancers of the digestive system.


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