A review on robotic surgery in rectal cancer

Zairul Azwan Mohd Azman, Seon Hahn Kim

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Robotic surgery has the upper hand when compared to the laparoscopic approach in terms of superior visualisation, flexibility in movement, steadiness and accessibility to confined anatomical spaces. Nevertheless, limitations still exist with regards to cost, reduced tactile sensation, time-consuming setup and a significant learning curve to achieve. Although studies have shown better or at least comparable outcomes between the robotic and laparoscopic approach, the limitations mentioned result in poor penetrance among centres and surgeons. Advancements in robotic surgery technology and attaining the acquired skillset will translate into better clinical outcomes for patients.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTranslational Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue numberMAR
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Minimally invasive surgery (MIS)
  • Rectal dissection
  • Robotic surgery
  • Robotic-assisted surgery
  • Total mesorectal excision (TME)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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