Short-term clinical outcome of robot-assisted intersphincteric resection for low rectal cancer: A retrospective comparison with conventional laparoscopy

A robotic system (da Vinci Surgical Sys- tem, Intuitive Surgical Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA) has technical advantages over conventional laparoscopic surgery because it increases the precision and accuracy of anatomical dissection. The present study aimed to compare the short-term outcomes between robot-assisted intersphincteric resection (ISR) and laparoscopic ISR for distal rectal cancer.