Precision in robotic rectal surgery using the da Vinci Xi system and integrated table motion, a technical note

Sofoklis Panteleimonitis, Mick Harper, Stuart Hall, Nuno Figueiredo, Tahseen Qureshi, Amjad Parvaiz

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Abstract

Robotic rectal surgery is becoming increasingly more popular among colorectal surgeons. However, time spent on robotic platform docking, arm clashing and undocking of the platform during the procedure are factors that surgeons often find cumbersome and time consuming. The newest surgical platform, the da Vinci Xi, coupled with integrated table motion can help to overcome these problems. This technical note aims to describe a standardised operative technique of single docking robotic rectal surgery using the da Vinci Xi system and integrated table motion. A stepwise approach of the da Vinci docking process and surgical technique is described accompanied by an intra-operative video that demonstrates this technique. We also present data collected from a prospectively maintained database. 33 consecutive rectal cancer patients (24 male, 9 female) received robotic rectal surgery with the da Vinci Xi during the preparation of this technical note. 29 (88%) patients had anterior resections, and four (12%) had abdominoperineal excisions. There were no conversions, no anastomotic leaks and no mortality. Median operation time was 331 (249–372) min, blood loss 20 (20–45) mls and length of stay 6.5 (4–8) days. 30-day readmission rate and re-operation rates were 3% (n = 1). This standardised technique of single docking robotic rectal surgery with the da Vinci Xi is safe, feasible and reproducible. The technological advances of the new robotic system facilitate the totally robotic single docking approach.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Robotic Surgery
Early online date15 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online - 15 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • robotic surgery
  • rectal surgery
  • rectal cancer
  • da Vinci Xi
  • table motion

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