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Robotic Surgery in the Obese Gynecologic Patient

BURKE, WILLIAM  M. MD,*,†; GOSSNER, GABRIELLE MD; GOLDMAN, NOAH A. MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2011 - Volume 54 - Issue 3 - p 420–430
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31822b37b1
Robotic Surgery in Gynecology

Despite robust interest in minimally invasive surgery for obese gynecologic patients, widespread use by gynecologic surgeons has been hindered by the technical difficulty of completing these procedures. The use of robotic assistance to overcome these challenges continues to increase. This study discusses the problem of obesity in the United States, provides basic definitions and calculations related to the disease, reviews some of the literature supporting laparoscopic surgery in obese patients, explores the emergence of robotics in this patient population, and offers “surgical pearls” to aid in the successful completion of minimally invasive robotic gynecologic procedures in heavier patients.

*Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York; and

†Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Valley Hospital, Paramus, New Jersey;

‡Divsion of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital, New York, New York

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: William M. Burke, MD, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Valley Hospital, Paramus, NJ. E-mail: wmb7@columbia.edu

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.