Surgical Technology International XVIII - Surgical Overview
Article title:

Robotic Laparoscopic Surgery with the da VinciĀ® System: An Early Experience

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Giuseppe Spinoglio, M.D.
Director, Department of Surgery


Massimo Summa, M.D.
Surgeon, Department of Surgery


Fabio Priora, M.D.
Surgeon, Department of Surgery


Raoul Quarati, M.D.
Surgeon, Department of Surgery


Silvio Testa, M.D.
Surgeon, Department of Surgery


SS Antonio e Biagio Hospital
Alessandria, Italy

Theoretically, robotic surgery is likely to overcome the intrinsic limitations of laparoscopic surgery, such as a view not under the direct surgeon's control, two-dimensional imaging, and limited motion of instruments. In this chapter, the preliminary experience with a robotic laparoscopic surgery system in the Surgical Department of the Alessandria Hospital, Italy, is reported. From November 2005 to August 2007, a total of 162 laparoscopic robotic operations were performed, in which robotic surgery was found to be feasible and safe. It takes a longer time than standard laparoscopy but seems able to reduce the need of a steep learning curve.



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