Updates in Surgery

, Volume 68, Issue 1, pp 63–69 | Cite as

Laparoscopic versus robotic right colectomy: technique and outcomes

  • Giampaolo Formisano
  • Pasquale Misitano
  • Giuseppe Giuliani
  • Giulia Calamati
  • Lucia Salvischiani
  • Paolo Pietro Bianchi
Review Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Mini Invasive Colorectal Surgery


Minimally invasive surgery has gained worldwide acceptance in the treatment of colonic cancer in the last decades, thanks to its well-known advantages in short-term outcomes. Nevertheless, the penetrance of minimally invasive colorectal surgery still remains low. Few studies and metanalysis, to date, have analyzed the results of robotic versus laparoscopic colorectal surgery, often with conflicting conclusions. The robotic platform, thanks to its technological features, may potentially overcome the limitation of standard laparoscopy, especially when performing a complete mesocolic excision resection and an intracorporeal anastomosis. Robotic surgery could also shorten the learning curve of young novice surgeons, provided that strict protocols of structured training are applied. This paper is an update on the current available outcomes of robotic vs laparoscopic surgery in right colectomy.


Robotic right colectomy Complete mesocolic excision Intracorporeal anastomosis Learning curve Minimally invasive colorectal surgery 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

Giampaolo Formisano, Pasquale Misitano, Giuseppe Giuliani, Giulia Calamati, Lucia Salvischiani, Sofia Esposito and Paolo Pietro Bianchi have no conflict of interests or financial ties to disclose.

Ethical approval

Our study was conducted in accordance with the Italian government ethical guidelines for the treatment of humans and with Institutional Review Board approval.

Research involving human participants and/or animals

This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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© Italian Society of Surgery (SIC) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giampaolo Formisano
    • 1
  • Pasquale Misitano
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Giuliani
    • 1
  • Giulia Calamati
    • 1
  • Lucia Salvischiani
    • 1
  • Paolo Pietro Bianchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General and Minimally-invasive Surgery, International School of Robotic SurgeryMisericordia HospitalGrossetoItaly

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