Background: Despite numerous benefits, only a small fraction of laparoscopic left-sided colectomy is accomplished without the need for an abdominal incision to retrieve the specimen and prepare for anastomosis. We report our early experience with a robotic approach using Natural orifice IntraCorporeal anastomosis with Extraction of specimen (NICE) to help overcome the technical limitations and challenges of this approach.
Methods: Twenty consecutive patients presented for elective sigmoid or rectosigmoid resection for benign and malignant disease and underwent the NICE procedure. Safety, feasibility and post-operative outcomes were analyzed.
Results: Intracorporeal anastomosis was accomplished in all patients. One patient required an abdominal incision to extract a bulky tumor. Mean operative time was 222 min (146-344). Mean time to first flatus and length of stay was 23 and 49 h, respectively. All but 4 patients were discharged home on post-operative day 2. One patient was readmitted with a pelvic fluid collection.
Conclusion: Robotic left-sided colorectal resection with NICE procedure is a safe and feasible minimally invasive approach and may facilitate greater adoption rates of this technique.
Keywords: Intracorporeal anastomosis; Left colonic resection; Natural orifice specimen extraction; Robotic resection.
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