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MINERVA GASTROENTEROLOGICA E DIETOLOGICA
A Journal on Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Dietetics
Indexed/Abstracted in: CAB, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
GASTROINTESTINAL AND ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY
Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2012 September;58(3):191-200
Role of robotic surgery in colorectal resections for cancer
Bertani E. 1, Chiappa A. 1, Ubiali P. 2, Fiore B. 1, Corbellini C. 1, Cossu M. L. 3, Minicozzi A. 1, Andreoni B. 1 ✉
1 European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy;
2 Humanitas Gavazzeni, Bergamo, Italy;
3 University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy
In recent years, robotic surgery is becoming a valid alternative in colorectal diseases treatment to laparoscopic and traditional open surgery. The most relevant reported technical advantages of the robotic surgery are 3D-view, tremor-filtering, seven degree-free motion and a higher comfortable setting for the surgeon. Both case series and comparative studies available in Literature report only short and mid-term outcomes. These studies are able to demonstrate that robotic surgery is as safe and feasible as laparoscopic surgery regarding perioperative outcomes. Trials with long term follow up are needed to establish the real safety and effectiveness of the robotic surgery especially concerning resections for cancer.
The robotic surgery could be considered a promising surgical field. The high costs represent one of the most relevant drawbacks.