International Journal of Colorectal Disease

, Volume 28, Issue 12, pp 1689–1698 | Cite as

Robotic versus laparoscopic surgery for mid–low rectal cancer after neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy: comparison of oncologic outcomes

  • Avanish P. Saklani
  • Dae Ro Lim
  • Hyuk Hur
  • Byung Soh Min
  • Seung Hyuk Baik
  • Kang Young Lee
  • Nam Kyu KimEmail author
Original Article



Minimal invasive surgery for mid and low rectal cancer after neoadjuvant long-course chemoradiotherapy (LCRT) can be challenging. The aim of our study was to compare outcomes of laparoscopic and robotic resections in mid and low rectal cancers after LCRT.


Between Jan 2006 and Dec 2010, all patients who underwent robotic or laparoscopic resections for mid and low rectal cancers after LCRT were identified from a prospective database. These patients received treatment (5FU-based chemotherapy, 50.4 Gy radiotherapy), as they were T3 or T4 and/or node + ve. Patients in the two groups were compared with respect to demographics, clinical safety, and oncological outcomes.


One hundred thirty-eight patients underwent rectal cancer resection after LCRT, either robotic (n = 74) or laparoscopic (n = 64). The patients in both groups were comparable in terms of demographics, distance of tumor from anal verge, and type of procedures. There were four (6.3 %) conversions in laparoscopic group and one (1.4 %) in the robotic group (p = 0.183). The morbidity rates in the laparoscopic and robotic group were 26.6 % and 16.2 %, respectively (p = 0.137). With a median follow up of 3 years, the local recurrence in the laparoscopic and robotic group was four (6.3 %) and two (2.7 %), respectively (p = 0.420). The 3-year overall survival rate for laparoscopic and robotic group was 92.1 and 90.0 %, respectively (p = 0.803). The 3-year disease-free survival was also comparable, 78.8 % (laparoscopic) versus 77.7 % (robotic) (p = 0.390).


With a median follow up of 3 years, robotic surgery for mid and low rectal cancer was associated with oncological outcomes comparable to laparoscopic surgery.


Robotic Laparoscopic Rectal cancer Oncological outcome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Avanish P. Saklani
    • 1
  • Dae Ro Lim
    • 1
  • Hyuk Hur
    • 1
  • Byung Soh Min
    • 1
  • Seung Hyuk Baik
    • 1
  • Kang Young Lee
    • 1
  • Nam Kyu Kim
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of SurgeryYonsei University College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Colon and Rectal SurgeryYonsei University College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea

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