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Dig Surg. 2004;21(5-6):339-43. Epub 2004 Oct 6.

Robotics in colorectal surgery.

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Department of Surgical Oncology and Technology, Imperial College London, London, UK. j.hance@imperial.ac.uk

Abstract

Minimally invasive surgery has been shown to offer many advantages to general surgical patients but has not been widely adopted for colorectal disease. Initial fears surrounding the oncological safety of laparoscopic colectomies have largely subsided but the technical challenges still remain. Surgical robots or telemanipulators present the laparoscopic surgeon with unrivaled dexterity and vision, which may allow colonic resections to be completed with greater ease. Although initial studies suggest promising results using currently available systems, it will take further time for patient benefits to be proven, therefore justifying the greater expense of operating with this new technology.

PMID:
15731560
DOI:
10.1159/000081350
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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