Robot-assisted single-incision total colectomy: a case report.
BACKGROUND: Literature reports shows that robots provide an opportunity for meeting technical challenges associated with Laparo-endoscopic Single Site Surgery (LESS). Following previous success with robot-assisted single-incision right hemicolectomy, this paper reports experience with robot-assisted single-incision total colectomy. METHODS: Through a single incision around the umbilicus, three robotic ports and a laparoscopic port were placed through the GelPOINT. With one intraoperative redocking of the robot, it was possible to access both right and left sides of the colon. The entire colon was externalized through the GelPOINT and the umbilical incision closed in layers. RESULTS: The entire procedure took 227 minutes. There was minimal blood loss. The patient was discharged on post-operative day four with no complications. No wound site complications were observed in clinic one week after discharge. CONCLUSIONS: Robot-assisted single-incision total colectomy is a feasible procedure associated with little increase in operative time.
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