Computer-enhanced robotic telesurgery: Initial experience in foregut surgery

W. Scott Melvin, B. J. Needleman, K. R. Krause, C. Schneider, R. K. Wolf, Robert E. Michler, E. C. Ellison

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Abstract

Background: A new type of computer-enhanced telemanipulator device for "robotic" laparoscopic surgery was recently approved. We prospectively evaluated the initial patients undergoing procedures with this new device at our institution. Methods: Patient demographics, operative indications, port placement, operative time, robot time, complications, and hospital stay were recorded. Follow-up evaluation was appropriate for the individual procedure. Results: Initially, 35 cases were managed. There were 22 anti-reflux procedures, 9 Heller myotomies, 1 pyloroplasty, 1 distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy, 1 esophagectomy with intrathoracic anastomosis, and 1 diagnostic laparoscopy. The operative times ranged from 88 to 458 min. The robot use times were between 16 and 185 min. There were no device-related complications. Conclusions: Computer-enhanced robotic telesurgery is a safe and effective treatment method for a variety of diseases of the proximal gastrointestinal tract. Further study is needed to determine the benefits of this approach as compared with current technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1790-1792
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Volume16
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Robotics
Operative Time
Equipment and Supplies
Laparoscopy
Pancreatectomy
Esophagectomy
Splenectomy
Gastrointestinal Tract
Length of Stay
Demography
Technology

Keywords

  • Minimally invasive foregut surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Telemanipulator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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Computer-enhanced robotic telesurgery : Initial experience in foregut surgery. / Melvin, W. Scott; Needleman, B. J.; Krause, K. R.; Schneider, C.; Wolf, R. K.; Michler, Robert E.; Ellison, E. C.

In: Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, Vol. 16, No. 12, 01.12.2002, p. 1790-1792.

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Melvin, W. Scott ; Needleman, B. J. ; Krause, K. R. ; Schneider, C. ; Wolf, R. K. ; Michler, Robert E. ; Ellison, E. C. / Computer-enhanced robotic telesurgery : Initial experience in foregut surgery. In: Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques. 2002 ; Vol. 16, No. 12. pp. 1790-1792.
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