Introduction: Robotic-assisted techniques are common across many surgical subspecialties. While robotic stapling offers increased surgeon control, there is limited information on surgical complications related to robotic stapler use.
Methods: We reviewed the FDA's MAUDE database for adverse events related to robotic stapler use.
Results: Upon review of the FDA database, the most frequently reported robotic stapler complications were malfunction, failure to form staple line, device fragmentation, and misfire. 31 Clavien-Dindo grade II or higher complications were attributed to stapler use since 2014.
Conclusions: Further research on prevalence of robotic stapler use is needed to quantity the associated complication rate.