Instituting a robot-assisted surgery programme at a tertiary care cancer centre

Nefertiti C. DuPont, Khurshid A. Guru, George B. Iskander, Kunle Odunsi, Shashikant B. Lele, Kerry J. Rodabaugh

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Background: The initial experience of a gynaecological oncology robotic surgery programme at a tertiary care cancer centre is described. Methods: A retrospective study was performed to evaluate the perioperative outcomes of 76 patients offered robot-assisted surgery. Results: Seventy-three patients underwent robot-assisted surgery; three cases were converted to laparotomy; 51% of patients underwent treatment for endometrial cancer; 18% had ovarian cancer risk reduction surgery; and 8% were treated for uterine leiomyomata. Median body mass index (BMI) was 30. Median estimated blood loss, operative time, and length of stay were 150 ml, 195 min and 1 day, respectively. The total major complication rate was 6.8% and the total minor complication rate was 15.1%. Conclusion: Robot-assisted surgery is safe and appropriate for gynaecological patients undergoing surgical management. A gynaecological oncology robot-assisted programme can be easily established in a tertiary care cancer centre.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-333
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Da vinci surgical system
  • Gynaecological oncology
  • Gynaecology
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Robot-assisted surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biophysics
  • Computer Science Applications

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