Robot-assisted versus conventional laparoscopic fundoplication: Short-term outcome of a pilot randomized controlled trial

Robotic technology represents the latest development in minimally-invasive surgery. Nevertheless, robotic-assisted surgery seems to have specific disadvantages, such as an increase in costs and prolongation of operative time. A general clinical implementation of the technique would only be justified if a relevant improvement in outcome could be demonstrated. This is also true for laparoscopic fundoplication.…

Robotic Surgery Claims on United States Hospital Websites

To examine the prevalence and content of robotic surgery information presented on websites of U.S. hospitals, we completed a systematic analysis of 400 randomly selected U.S. hospital websites in June of 2010. Data were collected on the presence and location of robotic surgery information on a hospital’s website; use of images or text provided by…

Robotic technology in surgery: Past, present, and future

It has been nearly 20 years since the first appearance of robotics in the operating room. In that time, much progress has been made in integrating robotic technologies with surgical instrumentation, as evidenced by the many thousands of successful robot-assisted cases. However, to build on past success and to fully leverage the potential of surgical…

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.

Surgery in space: The future of robotic telesurgery

The origins of telemedicine date back to the early 1970s, and combined with the concept of minimally invasive surgery, the idea of surgical robotics was born in the late 1980s based on the principle of providing active telepresence to surgeons. Many research projects were initiated, creating a set of instruments for endoscopic telesurgery, while visionary…