Evolving Role and Current State of Robotics in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Arnold P. Advincula, Karen Wang

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Advancements in conventional laparoscopy afford gynecologists the ability to treat disease with minimally invasive interventions. Procedures such as hysterectomy are still performed predominantly via laparotomy. Instrumentation, complex disease, and steep learning curves are often cited as obstacles to minimally invasive surgery. The advent of robotic technology may provide a means to overcome the limitations of conventional laparoscopy through the use of 3-dimensional imaging and more dextrous and precise instruments. Current studies clearly demonstrate the feasibility and safety of applying robotics to the entire spectrum of gynecologic procedures. Rigorous scientific studies and long-term data are needed to determine the appropriate applications of robotics in gynecology. Numerous questions still exist pertaining to costs, credentialing and privileging, and training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-301
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer-assisted surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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