In this study, researchers from the Academic Robotics Group, USA, evaluated robotically assisted operations to assess both safety and utility.
All operations used the recently FDA-approved daVinci robotic system.
A variety of procedures were undertaken.
The research team found that the average operating room time was 188 minutes, average surgical time was 143 minutes, and robot time was 90 minutes.
The patients' median length of stay was 1 day.
|Technical complications occurred during 4% of procedures.|
The team found that technical complications occurred during 4% of procedures. Of these, 5 were minor and 3 major.
In all of these cases, the technical problems only caused delay not alteration of outcome.
The researchers identified medical or surgical complications in 4% of patients. Of these, 6 were major.
Dr Talamini's team concluded, "The results of robotic-assisted surgery compare favorably with those of conventional laparoscopy with respect to mortality, complications, and length of stay".
"Robotic-assisted surgery is safe and effective and is a new reality for American surgery".
"The role of these devices in surgery will expand as the technology evolves".