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Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2012 September;58(3):191-200

Copyright © 2012 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

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


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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.

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