TELELAP ALF-X Robotic-assisted Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Feasibility and Perioperative Outcomes

J Minim Invasive Gynecol. Sep-Oct 2015;22(6):1011-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2015.05.004. Epub 2015 May 14.


Study objective: To show the safety, feasibility, and perioperative outcomes of total TELELAP ALF-X hysterectomy (SOFAR S.p.A., ALF-X Surgical Robotics Department, Trezzano Rosa, Milan, Italy).

Design: Phase II study (Canadian Task Force II-2).

Setting: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy.

Patients: From October 2013 to May 2014, 80 women underwent total TELELAP ALF-X hysterectomy. The study population was divided into 2 groups according to surgical procedures: total hysterectomy ± bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (group 1) and endometrial cancer patients staged with pelvic lymphadenectomy (group 2).

Interventions: Total TELELAP ALF-X hysterectomy ± bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy with or without pelvic lymphadenectomy.

Measurements and main results: The median age was 51 years (range, 48-79), and the median body mass index was 24 kg/m(2) (range, 17.3-34.2). Forty-five patients (56.2%) had previous surgery. The median operative time was 140 minutes (range, 58-320) in group 1 and 197 minutes (range, 129-290) in group 2 (p < .001). The median docking time was 8 minutes (range, 3-25). During the study period, a significant trend in operative time reduction was observed. Procedures were successfully performed without conversion in 93.7% of cases. We observed 2 (2.5%) intraoperative complications, 3 (3.7%) conversions to standard laparoscopy, and 2 (2.5%) to laparotomy. The median time to discharge was 2 days (range, 1-5). One patient (1.2%) was readmitted in the early postoperative period.

Conclusion: As new technology evolves, critical appraisal of patient-related outcomes, use, cost, and access to minimally invasive hysterectomy must remain a priority. Despite the relative small number of our series, we showed the feasibility and safety of total TELELAP ALF-X hysterectomy for benign and malignant disease.

Keywords: Hysterectomy; Laparoscopy; Robotic.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Endometrial Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy / adverse effects
  • Hysterectomy / instrumentation*
  • Hysterectomy / methods
  • Intraoperative Complications / epidemiology
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Laparoscopy*
  • Lymph Node Excision / instrumentation*
  • Middle Aged
  • Operative Time
  • Ovariectomy / instrumentation
  • Patient Discharge
  • Pelvis
  • Robotic Surgical Procedures*
  • Salpingectomy / instrumentation
  • Uterine Neoplasms / surgery*