Medical Robotics Magazine

The first and only commercial feature medical robotics news magazine, founded February 2007 by John J. Otrompke, JD, consultant and publisher


Medical Robotics Magazine is the world's first and only commercial feature news magazine devoted to all aspect of the medical robotics industry- including robotic surgery, physical therapy robots, hospital orderlies, and other topics related to robotic medicine. As a feature magazine, Medical Robotics features interviews, business news, conference coverage and editorials, as well as a generous portion of articles written by noteworthy robotics surgeons as well as clinical trials reports. MR has been on-line since 2007, and first appeared in print in January of 2008 at the annual meeting of MIRA (the Minimally Invasive Robotics Association) in Rome, Italy. Medical Robotics Magazine is copyrighted, features a nascent Board of Editorial Advisors, and is indexed by the U.S. Library of Congress. All contents (c) 2011 John J. Otrompke, JD Contact: John J. Otrompke, JD 646-730-0179

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Papers at MIRA Describe Experiences in Liver Surgery Techniques

By John J. Otrompke, JD

Speakers at this year’s MIRA conference in Rome commented on difficulties inherent in liver procedures, and how robotic surgical technology can be used to gain an advantage in the tricky procedures.

Operating in the context of colon cancer which has metastasized to the liver can be especially difficult, according to one paper, ‘Robotic Minimally-Invasive Short-Interval Staged Approach to Synchronous Colon Cancer and Liver Metastases,’ by O. Mansouri and colleagues.

The paper noted that simultaneously resecting the liver in cases of colon cancer leads to a higher mortality. Mortality is between 7 and 12% when the resections are done simultaneously, versus 2% when staged resections are done. Further, mortality reaches 24% when the simultaneous liver resection is a major hepatectomy, according to the abstract.

The abstract noted that one patient, who received both operations with a Da Vinci surgical system on a short-interval basis, was mobiled the day after the operation, began oral feeding the second day afterward, was discharged on the 11th day after the operation in excellent condition.

Another abstract, by F.M. Bianco and colleagues, discussed a five-trocar technique in respect to data from 47 patients. The abstract noted that new tools are needed for liver procedures.

Both abstracts were by a surgical team operating at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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