Universal suprapubic approach for complete mesocolic excision and central vascular ligation using the da Vinci Xi® system: from cadaveric models to clinical cases

Shen Ann Yeo, Gyoung Tae Noh, Jeong Hee Han, Chinock Cheong, Hubert Stein, Amy Kerdok, Byung Soh Min

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Abstract

There has been little enthusiasm for performing robotic colectomy for colon cancer in recent years due to multiple factors, one being that the previous robotic systems such as the da Vinci Si® (dVSi) were poorly designed for multi-quadrant surgery. The new da Vinci Xi® (dVXi) system enables colectomy with central mesocolic excision to be performed easily in a single docking procedure. We developed a universal port placement strategy to allow right and left hemicolectomies to be performed via a suprapubic approach and a Pfannensteil extraction site. This proof of concept paper describes the development and subsequent clinical application of this setup. After extensive training on the dVXi system concepts in collaboration with clinical development engineers, we developed a port placement strategy which was tested and adapted after performing experimental surgery in three cadaveric models. Subsequently our port placement was used for two clinical cases of suprapubic right and left hemicolectomy. With some modifications of port placements after the initial cadaveric colectomies, we have developed a potentially universal suprapubic port placement strategy for robotic colectomy with complete mesocolic excision and central vascular ligation using the dVXi robotic system. This port placement strategy was applied successfully in our first two clinical cases. Based on our cadaveric laboratory as well as our initial clinical application, the suprapubic port placement strategy for the dVXi system with its improved features over the dVSi can feasibly perform right and left hemicolectomy with complete mesocolic excision and central vascular ligation. Further studies will be required to establish efficacy as well as safety profile of these procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-407
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Robotic Surgery
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Complete mesocolic excision
  • Left hemicolectomy
  • Right hemicolectomy
  • Robotic surgery
  • Suprapubic
  • da Vinci Xi

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