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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2009 Jul;91(5):389-93. doi: 10.1308/003588409X392162. Epub 2009 Apr 30.

The EndoAssist robotic camera holder as an aid to the introduction of laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

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Department of General Surgery, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, Berkshire, UK. jmgilbert@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Introducing laparoscopic colorectal surgery is a challenge to the whole surgical team. It is usual for an assistant to hold the laparoscope and be responsible for the surgeon's view of the operative field and a lack of expertise in the assistant can add significant difficulties. The EndoAssist is a robotic device that replaces the human assistant and ensures steady visualisation of the operative field and a view which can be controlled by the surgeon. This study describes its use in the introduction of laparoscopic colorectal surgery to a unit.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

The EndoAssist was employed for the introduction of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in a unit with previous experience of this device for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. It was used in a consecutive series of 77 laparoscopic colectomy operations.

RESULTS:

The robotic device proved successful in the whole range of colorectal operations and a reliable assistant. No problems specific to the device were encountered.

CONCLUSIONS:

The EndoAssist robot is a useful laparoscopic assistant and aided in the introduction of laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

PMID:
19409150
PMCID:
PMC2758433
DOI:
10.1308/003588409X392162
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