Robotic Low Anterior Resection: Unique Considerations and Optimal Setup
In recent years, there has been dramatic progress of the robotic technique. Surgeons have observed obvious advantages in the ease of dissection, control of the operating field, and the ergonomics during demanding cases. Robotic low anterior resection employs a 3D camera and three working robotic arms with articulating wrists, as well as accessory laparoscopic ports. Robotic surgery appears to be safe, and the oncologic and functional outcomes are equivalent to that of traditional laparoscopic techniques. However, the cost of the robotic technique is higher. Currently, the robotic technology remains one of many tools in the surgical armamentarium for surgeons treating rectal cancer.
KeywordsRobotic Low anterior resection (LAR) Total mesorectal excision (TME) Rectal cancer Laparoscopy
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