Robotic surgery for rectal cancer: An update in 2015

Jung Myun Kwak, Seon Hahn Kim

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During the last decade, robotic surgery for rectal cancer has rapidly gained acceptance among colorectal surgeons worldwide, with well-established safety and feasibility. The lower conversion rate and better surgical specimen quality of robotic compared with laparoscopic surgery potentially improves survival. Earlier recovery of voiding and sexual function after robotic total mesorectal excision is another favorable outcome. Long-term survival data are sparse with no evidence that robotic surgery offers major benefits in oncological outcomes. Although initial reports are promising, more rigorous scientific evaluation in multicenter, randomized clinical trials should be performed to definitely determine the advantages of robotic rectal cancer surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-435
Number of pages9
JournalCancer Research and Treatment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Laparoscopy
  • Rectal neoplasms
  • Robotics
  • Total mesorectal excision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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