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Reviewing the Comparison of Robotic Colectomy with the Laparoscopic Ones of All the Procedures based on Determined Parameters

Christodoulos Keskinis, Michail A Kirmanidis

Citation Information : Keskinis C, Kirmanidis MA. Reviewing the Comparison of Robotic Colectomy with the Laparoscopic Ones of All the Procedures based on Determined Parameters. World J Lap Surg 2017; 10 (2):61-65.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10033-1305

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-09-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).



The purpose of our systematic review is to clarify the current data in the domain of colorectal surgery regarding minimally invasive surgery (MIS).


Two new methods have been recently introduced in the MIS arena. Most of the studies are in favor of robotic surgery (RS), whereas the literature lacks statistically significant results.


Totally, only 19 articles fulfilled the prerequisites and our research was mainly based on meta-analyses. Some parameters were established, in order to investigate the oncologic and clinical outcomes. Heterogeneity is the existing condition, which means that robotics is more beneficial than laparoscopic surgery in some parameters in a specific procedure and the opposite.


There is no clear conclusion in the literature whether RS is indeed more advantageous than laparoscopic ones, so it is recommended that long-term meta-analyses and reviews be conducted, in order to specify the effectiveness of each method in every surgical procedure.

Clinical significance

It would be really beneficial for the patients to be informed in detail of the clinical and oncologic outcomes for each method.

How to cite this article

Kirmanidis MA, Keskinis C. Reviewing the Comparison of Robotic Colectomy with the Laparoscopic Ones of All the Procedures based on Determined Parameters. World J Lap Surg 2017;10(2):61-65.

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