Robotic Surgery: A New Study

Posted by Mark Abramowicz, M.D.

A case series of patients who had robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System, a subject we wrote about in The Medical Letter in June 2010, was published in the April 2012 issue of the Archives of Surgery and is getting some attention in the lay press. It included 884 patients who had undergone surgery at a single, high-volume center. The procedures in the Archives of Surgery article included living donor nephrectomy (187), bariatric procedures (gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy; 151), cholecystectomy (110), liver resection (53), and pancreaticduodenectomy (50). The new study found that only 2% of patients had to be converted to a nonrobotic procedure. Not surprisingly, patients who were older, had other diseases, or required more advanced surgery had a higher risk of complications.

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