Robotic Abdominoperineal Resection

  • Brian K. Bednarski
  • George J. ChangEmail author


The robotic approach to cancer surgery has grown increasingly popular over the last decade. Colorectal surgery is among the latest disciplines to apply this technology to pelvic surgery as surgeons have recognized the potential technical advantages of the robotic platform particularly for minimally invasive rectal surgery. Robotic technology is particularly applicable to abdominoperineal resection (APR) for distal rectal cancer by facilitating precision, dissection, and wide division of the pelvic floor. In this chapter, the key aspects of robotic APR are highlighted, including patient selection, preoperative preparation, the critical elements of operative technique, and the management of postoperative complications.


Robotic Surgery Proctectomy Abdominoperineal Resection 

Supplementary material

Video 25.1

In this video, the surgeon demonstrates his approach to robotic abdominoperineal resection. (WMV 56771 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgical OncologyThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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