Robotic gynecologic surgery: Past, present, and future

Chi Chiung Grace Chen, Tommaso Falcone

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Abstract

Robotic techniques are increasingly being used to perform gynecologic surgical procedures including hysterectomies, performed for benign and malignant indications, myomectomies, tubal reanastomoses, and sacrocolpopexies. Robotic procedures seem to confer the same benefits as laparoscopic surgery without additional complications. It is unclear, however, whether robotic surgery imparts any additional benefits such as decreased operative times when compared with open or conventional laparoscopic techniques. The advantages to robotic surgery include improved visualization of the operative field with increased dexterity allowing more precise movements. Disadvantages include the learning curve associated with learning a new surgical technique and the equipment and operating costs of the robot and of using the robot.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-343
Number of pages9
JournalClinical obstetrics and gynecology
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

Keywords

  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Robotic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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