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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 52-55

Robotic resections in hepatobiliary oncology – initial experience with Xi da Vinci system in India

Department of Gastrointestinal and Hepato-pancreato-biliary Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. M Goel
Department of Gastrointestinal and Hepato-pancreato-biliary Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_132_17

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INTRODUCTION: Minimal invasive surgery has proven its advantages over open surgeries in the perioperative period. Food and Drug Administration approved da Vinci robot in 2000. The latest version, da Vinci Xi system has a mobile tower-based robot with several modifications to improve the functionality, versatility, and operative ease. None of the centers have reported exclusively on hepatobiliary oncology using the da Vinci Xi system. We report our initial experience. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To study the feasibility, advantages, and discuss the operative technique of da Vinci Xi system in hepatobiliary oncology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were analyzed retrospectively from a prospectively maintained database from June 2015 to October 2016. Twenty-five patients with suspected or proven hepatobiliary malignancies were operated. Total robotic technique using da Vinci Xi system was used. Demographic details and perioperative outcomes were noted. RESULTS: Of the 25 surgeries, 14 patients had a suspected gallbladder malignancy, 11 patients had primary or metastatic liver tumor. Median age was 53 years. The average duration of surgery was 225 min with a median blood loss 150 ml. The median postoperative stay was 4 days. The median nodal yield for radical cholecystectomy was seven. Five patients required conversion. Two of these developed postoperative morbidity. CONCLUSION: Robotic surgery for hepatobiliary oncology is feasible and can be performed safely in experienced hands. Increasing experience in this field may equal or even prove advantageous over conventional or laparoscopic approach in future. A cautious approach with judicious patient selection is the key to establishing robotic surgery as a standard surgical approach.


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