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October 24/31, 2017

Robotic-Assisted Surgery: Balancing Evidence and Implementation

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York
  • 2Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
JAMA. 2017;318(16):1545-1547. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.13696

Over the last 2 decades, laparoscopic surgical procedures have been developed for a variety of operations. Laparoscopic surgery allows for the completion of a procedure through multiple small incisions as opposed to laparotomy, which requires 1 large incision. For many procedures, laparoscopy has been demonstrated to be safe and is associated with fewer complications, shorter hospitalization, and faster return to normal function than laparotomy.1