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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-36

Robotic ventral rectopexy: Initial experience in an Indian tertiary health-care centre and review of literature

Department of Surgical Gastroenterology (Colorectal Unit), Apollo Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Sudeepta Kumar Swain
Department of Surgical Gastroenterology (Colorectal Unit), Apollo Hospital, Off Greams Lane, Greams Road, Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jmas.JMAS_241_16

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Background: Minimally invasive ventral rectopexy is a well-described technique for management of rectal prolapse. Robotic system has proven its advantage for surgeries in the pelvis. Applying this technique, ventral rectopexy can be done more precisely with minimal recurrence. With growing experience, the operative duration and cost of robotic ventral rectopexy can be reduced with better outcome. Few case studies have been described in literature with no study from Indian subcontinent. We describe a series of eight cases of robotic ventral rectopexy done for rectal prolapse in a tertiary health-care centre of India. Methods: A total of 8 patients were operated for complete rectal prolapse during the period from August 2015 to April 2016. da Vinci Si robotic surgical system was used with prolene or permacol mesh for ventral rectopexy. All patients were prospectively followed for a period minimum of 3 months. Pre- and intra-operative findings were recorded along with post-operative outcome. Results: Out of eight patients, prolene mesh was used in five patients and permacol mesh (porcine collagen) in three patients. Mean operative time (console time) was 177 min and mean total time was 218 min. Mean blood loss was 23.7 ml. Functional outcome was satisfactory in all patients. There was no significant complication in any patient with mean hospital stay of 2.2 days. With average follow-up of 8.8 months, no patient had recurrence. Conclusion: Robotic ventral rectopexy is a safe technique for rectal prolapse with excellent result in terms of functional outcome, recurrence and complications. With experience, the duration and cost can be comparable to laparoscopic technique.


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