Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery for colon and rectum: P132

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Aim:The first few cases of colonic surgery using the da Vinci system were reported in 2002. Our department started to embark on robotics in colorectal surgery in December 2009. We share our early experience with robotics in colorectal surgery.Method:Preparation included formal training with the da Vinci Surgical System on pigs, cadavers and certification of the surgeons. The da Vinci system was used for dissection on the colon and the rectum and we reviewed the outcomes of our early experience with emphasis on feasibility and safety.Results:Over a period of 5 months, we have performed sixteen cases of robotic-assisted colorectal resections for cancer. The median age of the patients was 62 (range 47-82) years. The median operating time was 198 (range 162-245) min. There were no intraoperative or postoperative complications related to the use of robotics.Conclusion:Robotic-assisted laparoscopic colorecal surgery is a safe and feasibleprocedure.

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