Space invaders: robotic-assisted prostate surgery

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robotic assisted prostate surgery, minimally invasive

Abstract

Minimally invasive surgery is gaining popularity. Thus, the field of robotic-assisted surgery is evolving and gaining momentum. Robotic-assisted techniques can overcome the shortcomings of conventional laparoscopic techniques. Some of the changes which need to be tackled with expertise to avoid complications include longer duration of surgery, limited access, prolonged insufflation of carbon dioxide, and extreme positions. Anaesthesiologists need to be aware of both the challenges of robotic-assisted surgery and the changes in surgical technique. Robotic-assisted surgery has found widespread application in urology, gynaecology, thoracic, tolaryngology, cardiac, paediatric and general surgery. This review aims to highlight the considerations for the patient presenting for robotic-assisted prostate surgery and will highlight issues in other areas of surgery.

Author Biography

S Mayet, University of the Witwatersrand

Department of Anaesthesiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Published

2021-11-15

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FCA Refresher Course