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REVIEW  ENDOMETRIOSIS: STILL A PROBLEM? 

Minerva Ginecologica 2017 October;69(5):504-16

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4784.17.04045-X

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

The role of robotics in the management of endometriosis

Vito CELA, Maria E. OBINO , Claudia SERGIAMPIETRI, Giovanna SIMI, Francesca PAPINI, Sara PINELLI, Letizia FRESCHI, Paolo ARTINI

Division of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy


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The advent of robot-assisted laparoscopy (RAL) is an important innovation which has provided new perspectives for the treatment of endometriosis, and particularly of deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE). RAL offers several technical advantages in the treatment of this complex disease, such as 3D view, tremor filtration and better surgical ergonomics, thus improving surgical performances without no increase in surgical time, blood loss, and intra- or postoperative complications, while also reducing the rate of conversion to laparotomy. Additionally, thanks to its reduced learning curve compared to conventional laparoscopy (CL), it facilitates the training of less experienced surgeons. For these reasons, DIE might be one of the best indications for RAL in gynecologic surgery. However, very few retrospective studies and small cases series, and only one randomized clinical trial have been published in this regard. Further randomized control trials comparing CL to RAL for different stages of endometriosis and different procedures performed are warranted in order to be able to define potential benefits of RAL for endometriosis surgery.


KEY WORDS: Video-assisted surgery - Robotic surgical procedures - Laparoscopy - Endometriosis

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