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Invited Commentary
February 2014

The Robot Has No Role in Elective Colon Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA Surg. 2014;149(2):184. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.3671

The benefits of a minimally invasive approach to elective colon resections have been well established. This is true regardless of whether the resection is done purely laparoscopically, with a hand-assist device, or through a small, strategically placed incision compared with a more traditional open operation. This conclusion is confirmed once again in this study by Juo et al,1 although patient selection bias has probably exaggerated the benefits.

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