Robotics as a new surgical minimally invasive approach to treatment of endometriosis: a systematic review

Int J Med Robot. 2012 Jun;8(2):160-5. doi: 10.1002/rcs.451. Epub 2011 Dec 9.


Background: This systematic review evaluates the role of robotics in the surgical treatment of endometriosis.

Methods: Electronic database searches were conducted in MEDLINE, Scopus, and ISI Web of Knowledge for relevant studies over the past 10 years.

Results: Four published articles were found that used robotic assisted laparoscopy to perform endometriosis surgery. All four studies used the da Vinci Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA). Three studies were case reports, and one was a cohort study. Robotics appears to be as effective as conventional laparoscopy in the management of endometriosis. There were no reports of any major complications.

Conclusions: Few studies have been published and show us that robotic endometriosis surgery is feasible even in severe endometriosis cases without conversion. There is a lack of long-term outcome papers in the literature. Randomized controlled trials are necessary.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Endometriosis / surgery*
  • Endometriosis / therapy*
  • Female
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / instrumentation*
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy / methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / instrumentation*
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Research Design
  • Robotics / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome