Robotics: the next step?

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    Abstract: Robotic systems were introduced 15 years ago to support complex endoscopic procedures. The technology is increasingly used in gastro-intestinal surgery. In this article, literature on experimental- and clinical research is reviewed and ergonomic issues are discussed. Methods: literature review was based on Medline search using a large variety of search terms, including e.g. robot(ic), randomized, rectal, oesophageal, ergonomics. Review articles on relevant topics are discussed with preference. Results: There is abundant evidence of supremacy in performing complex endoscopic surgery tasks when using the robot in an experimental setting. There is little high-level evidence so far on translation of these merits to clinical practice. Discussion: Robotic systems may appear helpful in complex gastro-intestinal surgery. Moreover, dedicated computer based technology integrated in telepresence systems opens the way to integration of planning, diagnostics and therapy. The first high tech add-ons such as near infrared technology are under clinical evaluation.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)225-232
    Number of pages8
    JournalBest practice & research in clinical gastroenterology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2014


    • EWI-25711
    • Robotic
    • Endoscopic
    • IR-94236
    • Surgery
    • METIS-309889
    • da Vinci

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