Towards the development of simultaneous two-field robotic surgery
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As technologically evolves, certain changes are predictable. For example, computer processor speeds will increase, surgical instruments will become more refined, and devices more durable. Likewise, it is conceivable that different approaches to surgery—and not the instruments themselves—will represent an important part of surgical innovation. One recent example of this is the new technique of transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) [1, 2].
There can be more than one next step in innovation for both robotics and minimally invasive surgery, and often innovation happens in parallel. Recently, the da Vinci Xirobotic platform (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) was introduced into clinical practice in the USA. The system is equipped with features that streamline the experience for the console surgeon, particularly because of the ability to alter the operating table position without undocking the robotic cart so that access to the pelvis and splenic flexure (for example) can be...
KeywordsTamis Robotic Camera Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision Robotic Cart Transanal Access
The author received no funding for this study, and the written communication was not supported by any Grants or other funding. Dr. S. Atallah is a paid consultant for Applied Medical, Inc., and Surgiquest, Inc. Dr. A. DuBose has no disclosures to report. Dr. S. Larach has no disclosures to report.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from the individual participant included in the study.
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