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Int J Med Robot. 2010 Sep;6(3):330-3. doi: 10.1002/rcs.339.

Instituting a robot-assisted surgery programme at a tertiary care cancer centre.

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  • 1Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY 14263, USA.



The initial experience of a gynaecological oncology robotic surgery programme at a tertiary care cancer centre is described.


A retrospective study was performed to evaluate the perioperative outcomes of 76 patients offered robot-assisted surgery.


Seventy-three patients underwent robot-assisted surgery; three cases were converted to laparotomy; 51% of patients underwent treatment for endometrial cancer; 18% had ovarian cancer risk reduction surgery; and 8% were treated for uterine leiomyomata. Median body mass index (BMI) was 30. Median estimated blood loss, operative time, and length of stay were 150 ml, 195 min and 1 day, respectively. The total major complication rate was 6.8% and the total minor complication rate was 15.1%.


Robot-assisted surgery is safe and appropriate for gynaecological patients undergoing surgical management. A gynaecological oncology robot-assisted programme can be easily established in a tertiary care cancer centre.

Copyright 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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