Pyeloplasty is one of the most effective treatments for ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO). Laparoscopic pyeloplasty has been performed as a less invasive surgery, and its success rates are similar to those of open surgery. Long-term follow-up results also indicate that laparoscopic pyeloplasty is one of the standard treatment for UPJO. However, intracorporeal suture has remained a technical weakness. The da Vinci surgical robot system can address this difficulty. The first case of robot-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty was performed in 2000. After that, number of surgeries has been gradually increasing. The robot allows the surgeon to overcome the technical difficulties with intracorporeal suturing, which is the rate-limiting step in laparoscopic surgery. However, there are a few relevant papers for the robotic pyeloplasty, and the number of patients is small. If the number of the robotic pyeloplasty increases and a lot of related papers are published, the safety and effectiveness of the operation will be proven, and it will be the standard treatment for UPJO.
KeywordsUreteropelvic junction obstruction Robotics Pyeloplasty
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