Laparoscopic surgery has become increasingly popular over the last decade. However, this surgical technique has a number of limitations. It is difficult to work in a three-dimensional space while viewing a two-dimensional monitor, long instruments amplify natural tremor, and traditional instruments have limited mobility due to few degrees of freedom. Robot-assisted surgery has been developed in response to these limitations. A three-dimensional viewer allows the surgeon to operate in a realistic environment, natural tremor is eliminated by translating the surgeon's hand motions to robotic movements, and the robotic surgical instruments are designed to have the same dexterity as a human wrist. We describe a case of robot-assisted laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication and discuss the anesthetic issues associated with this new surgical technique. In addition to the anesthetic issues associated with traditional laparoscopic surgery, robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery presents some unique challenges.
- Patient safety
- Robotic assisted surgery
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine