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Robot Assisted Surgery for Choledochal Cyst

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For the child with a choledochal cyst the treatment of choice is cyst excision with hepaticoenterostomy [1]. Traditionally this has been performed as an open procedure with hepaticojejunostomy. In 1995, the first report of this condition being treated by minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery was published [2]. Initially the uptake of this procedure was slow, because it is a technically demanding procedure. However the last 7 years have seen a marked upsurge in the application of laparoscopic treatment of choledochal cyst with the publication of some large [3–5] and some staggeringly large series [6–8] from centres in South-East Asia, where the condition is more prevalent. The minimally invasive approach has clearly become their standard approach. We adopted this technique in 2007. However, as a department with an interest in robotic surgery and providing supra-regional paediatric liver care, in 2009, we made the transition from conventional laparoscopic to robot assisted excision of choledochal cyst and Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy. This new technique has become our standard approach for treating patients with choledochal cysts [9, 10].

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Alizai, N.K., Dawrant, M.J., Najmaldin, A.S. (2017). Robot Assisted Surgery for Choledochal Cyst. In: Mattioli, G., Petralia, P. (eds) Pediatric Robotic Surgery. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-41863-6_15

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