Laparoscopic and robot-assisted laparoscopic digestive surgery: Present and future directions
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AuthorRodríguez Sanjuán, Juan Carlos; Gómez Ruiz, Marcos; Trugeda Carrera, María Soledad; Manuel Palazuelos, José Carlos; López Useros, Antonio; Gómez Fleitas, Manuel
Laparoscopic surgery is applied today worldwide to most digestive procedures. In some of them, such as cholecystectomy, Nissen’s fundoplication or obesity surgery, laparoscopy has become the standard in practice. In others, such as colon or gastric resection, the laparoscopic approach is frequently used and its usefulness is unquestionable. More complex procedures, such as esophageal, liver or pancreatic resections are, however, more infrequently performed, due to the high grade of skill necessary. As a result, there is less clinical evidence to support its implementation. In the recent years, robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery has been increasingly applied, again with little evidence for comparison with the conventional laparoscopic approach. This review will focus on the complex digestive procedures as well as those whose use in standard practice could be more controversial. Also novel robot-assisted procedures will be updated.