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June 29, 2022

Concerns Regarding Robotic vs Laparoscopic Right and Extended Right Hepatectomy—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • 2Ministry of Health Holdings Singapore, Singapore
  • 3Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary and Transplant Surgery, Singapore General Hospital and Duke-National University Singapore Medical School, Singapore
JAMA Surg. 2022;157(10):965-966. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2022.2240

In Reply We thank Qian et al and Li and Yang for their comments on our article,1 which highlights the role of robotic platform in right hepatectomy or extended right hepatectomy (RH/ERH).

We acknowledge that in this retrospective study,1 as in previous studies,2,3 residual confounding factors and biases may still exist despite matching and these can only be overcome by conducting a large prospective randomized clinical trial. Furthermore, it cannot be determined definitively if the advantages associated with robotic surgery in this study were due to the technical superiority of the platform itself or due to other factors such as surgeon or center experience/competency.

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