Single-incision robotic colorectal surgery with the da Vinci SP® surgical system: initial results of 50 cases

H. S. Kim, B. Y. Oh, C. Cheong, M. H. Park, S. S. Chung, R. A. Lee, K. H. Kim, G. T. Noh

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Purpose: The da Vinci SP® (dVSP) surgical system (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA, USA), a robotic platform designed for single-incision surgery, overcame the need for multiple ports in traditional robotic surgery and issues including triangulation and retraction in single-incision laparoscopic surgery. However, previous studies only included case reports or series with small sample sizes. The aim of this study was to assess the safety and performance of the dVSP surgical system and its instruments and accessories for colorectal procedures. Methods: The medical records of patients who had surgery with the dVSP from March 2019 to September 2021 at Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital were investigated. The pathologic and follow-up data of patients who had malignant tumors were analyzed separately to evaluate oncological safety. Results: Fifty patients (26 male and 24 female) with a median age of 59 years (interquartile range 52.5–63.0 years) were enrolled. The procedures included low anterior resection with total mesorectal excision (n = 16), sigmoid colectomy with complete mesocolic excision and central vessel ligation (CME + CVL) (n = 14), right colectomy with CME + CVL (n = 9), left colectomy with CME + CVL (n = 4), right colectomy (n = 6), and sigmoid colectomy (n = 1). Operative time significantly decreased after 25 cases (early phase vs. late phase; operative time 295.0 min vs. 250.0 min, p = 0.015; docking time 16.0 min vs. 12.0 min, p = 0.001; console time 212.0 min vs. 190.0 min, p = 0.019). Planned procedures were successfully completed in all patients. Postoperative outcomes were acceptable with only six cases of mild adverse events through a 3-month follow-up. No local recurrence and only one case of systemic recurrence occurred within 1 year postoperatively. Conclusions: This study demonstrated the surgical and oncological safety and feasibility of dVSP, which may be a novel surgical platform for colorectal surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-599
Number of pages11
JournalTechniques in Coloproctology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by research funding from Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

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© 2023, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.


  • Colorectal surgery
  • Da Vinci SP
  • Robotic surgery
  • Single-incision


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