Hybrid Robot-Assisted Surgery
Hybrid robot-assisted surgery is a planned operative approach that integrates multiple access methods for various specific portions of a procedure. Initially used as a bridge for the transition from other approaches (open or laparoscopic) to a totally robotic procedure, hybrid approaches still retain patient benefits of minimally invasive surgery. While surgeons have reported diverse operative procedures using only the robotic surgical instruments, many of the more complex procedures are taking advantage of hybrid methods, conceived to address the two main concerns associated with robotic operations in certain circumstances: safety and speed. In this chapter we will discuss factors that play a role in the selection of a hybrid robot-assisted approach, and the many ways in which hybrid surgery has allowed minimally invasive, complex surgery not otherwise considered feasible. Both the novice and the expert robotic surgeon can benefit from concepts and operations developed in hybrid surgery. Hybrid approaches capitalize on the philosophy that the robot is just another surgical instrument, to be integrated with open and laparoscopic instruments, for the optimal care of patients.
KeywordsAblation Gelport Hand-assist Hybrid
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