Robotic colorectal surgery: Our initial experience

Ahmed Dehal, Sunal Patel, Hanna Park, Patrick Nguyen, Robert Yuhan, Joseph Ruan

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Robotic colorectal surgery was first performed at our institution in January 2014. The objective of this study is to present our initial experience with robotic colorectal surgery. This is a retrospective review of the prospectively collected data of all patients who underwent robotic colorectal surgery from January 2014 to April 2015. Baseline, perioperative, and postoperative data were obtained for analysis. A total of 101 patients with amean age of 56 and a body mass index of 31 underwent robotic colorectal surgery between January 2014 and April 2015. The indication for surgery was malignancy in approximately 40 per cent, diverticulitis in 40 per cent, and benign diseases in 20 per cent of the patients. The most common operation was sigmoidectomy (40%) followed by low anterior resection (36%), abdominoperineal resection (7%), right hemicolectomy (6%), rectopexy (6%), total colectomy (4%), and left hemicolectomy (1%). The mean operative and docking time was 226 (range, 104-496) minutes and 3 (range, 1-18) minutes, respectively. The median number of lymph nodes harvested was 19 (range, 0-34). The median length of stay was 3 (range, 1-18) days. Anastomotic leak occurred in one patient and surgical site infection in two patients. Robotic colorectal surgery is safe and technically feasible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)907-910
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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