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Minerva Chirurgica 2010 April;65(2):153-9

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Perspective of robotic rectal surgery

Patriti A., Ceccarelli G., Bartoli A., Casciola L.

Division of General, Vascular, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, Department of Surgery, San Matteo degli Infermi Hospital, Spoleto, Perugia, Italy


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Laparoscopy is widely recognized as a feasible and safe approach to rectal cancer associated with an improved early outcome. Robotic surgery overcomes intrinsic limitation of laparoscopic surgery by a three-dimensional view and wristed instruments, improving its outcome as well. Robot-assisted rectal surgery resulted to be safe and feasible. Prospective studies demonstrated its efficacy in allowing a high rate of negative circumferential resection margins with a consequent reduction in solitary loco-regional recurrences. A better local disease control and a reduced surgical trauma will be the conceivable benefit of this surgery.

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