Robotic-assisted laparoscopic stage II restorative proctectomy for toxic ulcerative colitis

Elisabeth C. Mclemore, John Cullen, Santiago Horgan, Mark A. Talamini, Sonia Ramamoorthy

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Background: There is a paucity of literature reporting minimally invasive proctectomy for ulcerative colitis (UC). We report a novel application of a robotic system to perform restorative proctectomy in patients with toxic UC. Methods: Retrospective review, case series report. Results: Robotic-assisted laparoscopic proctectomy with ileal J-pouch anal anastomosis was performed in three patients with toxic UC. All patients previously underwent urgent laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy. One female and two male patients were aged 39, 24 and 43, respectively. The procedures were performed safely with minimal complications. The robotic proctectomy operative time was reduced from 134 to 106min. None of the patients have experienced fecal incontinence, nocturnal seepage or sexual dysfunction. Conclusions: This is a case series report of a robotic-assisted laparoscopic proctectomy with restorative ileal J-pouch in patients with toxic UC. This technique has been previously described for use in patients with medically refractory UC and neoplasia associated with chronic UC. This series exemplifies an ideal application of a robotic system with improved visibility, rotation and ergonomics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-183
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Ileal pouch anal anastomosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • J-pouch
  • Proctectomy
  • Robotic surgery
  • Ulcerative colitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biophysics
  • Computer Science Applications


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