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March 9, 2022

What Is the Value of the Robotic Platform for Major Hepatectomies?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus
  • 2Division of Surgical Oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick
JAMA Surg. 2022;157(5):445. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2022.0169

With the widespread adoption of minimally invasive surgery over the past decade,1 the challenge is now in differentiating robotic from laparoscopic surgery. Although any surgeon who performs robotic surgery can describe the technical benefits of 7 degrees of freedom, improved visibility, and enhanced ergonomics,2 the translation of these theoretical advantages into improved patient outcomes has proved difficult. It seems logical to expect to see the biggest benefits in more complex operations. However, these are also the operations where surgeon experience and volume matter the most.

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