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Paediatric Robotic Surgery: Complications

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Robotic surgery has been introduced to extend the capabilities of surgeons and address the difficulties and morbidities encountered with laparoscopic surgery (minimal access surgery). The application of robotics to the fields of urological, gastrointestinal, thoracic and trans-oral surgery in children has become increasingly popular since Meininger et al. reported the first case of paediatric robotic Nissen’s fundoplication in 2001 [1]. Although great advantages are conferred to the operating surgeon through 3D panoramic high resolution view with depth perception, increased magnification, ability to directly control a stable visual field, increased freedom of movement provided by the multi-jointed instruments, motion scaling and remote nature of operating, robotic surgery in children presents a specific set of associated complications. Most of these are minor and do not significantly alter the outcome. Other complications are similar to those learnt during open and conventional laparoscopic techniques. Prevention is better than cure, and most complications can be avoided by the alert and trained robotic surgeon.

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  • Pediatric Robotic Surgery
  • Conventional Laparoscopy
  • Stable Visual Field
  • Trans-oral Surgery
  • Fundoplication

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Wang, K.Y., Alizai, N., Najmaldin, A. (2017). Paediatric Robotic Surgery: Complications. In: Mattioli, G., Petralia, P. (eds) Pediatric Robotic Surgery. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-41863-6_5

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