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01.12.2015 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2015 Open Access

BMC Surgery 1/2015

Robotic colorectal surgery for laparoscopic surgeons with limited experience: preliminary experiences for 40 consecutive cases at a single medical center

BMC Surgery > Ausgabe 1/2015
Ching-Wen Huang, Yung-Sung Yeh, Cheng-Jen Ma, Tak-Kee Choy, Ming-Yii Huang, Chun-Ming Huang, Hsiang-Lin Tsai, Wen-Hung Hsu, Jaw-Yuan Wang
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Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

CWH analyzed the data and wrote the manuscript. YSY, CJM, TKC, MYH, CMH, HLT, WHH, and YSH made substantial contributions in data acquisition, statistical analyses, and data interpretation, and helped in manuscript preparation. JYW participated in study design and coordination. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.



We present our preliminary experiences and results for forty consecutive patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) who were treated by robotic surgery.


Between May 2013 and September 2014, forty patients with CRC received robotic surgery at a single institution. The clinicopathological features and perioperative parameters were retrospectively analyzed.


Of the 40 patients with CRC, 33 (82.5 %) had rectal cancers, and 22 (66.7 %) of those 33 patients also underwent pre-operative concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT). The two most frequent surgical procedures were intersphincteric resection (ISR) with coloanal anastomosis (16/40, 40 %) and lower anterior resection (LAR) (15/40, 37.5 %). Among all 40 patients, the median time to first flatus passage was 2 days. The median time to soft diet resumption was 4 days. The median post operative hospital stay was 7 days. The overall complication rate was 20 % (8/40 patients), of which most of the complications were mild, although one laparotomy was required to check for post-operative bleeding. There was no 30-day hospital mortality, nor conversion to open surgery and laparoscopy.


We present our preliminary experiences of robotic colorectal surgery and demonstrate that robotic colorectal surgery is a safe and feasible surgery even when conducted by laparoscopic surgeons with limited experience.
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