Purpose of review: Robotic surgery with its numerous advantages over conventional laparoscopy has assumed an ever-expanding role in pelvic and pelvic floor reconstructive surgery. Our goal is to review the literature regarding robotic use in urogynecologic surgery.
Recent findings: The current literature demonstrates the feasibility and safety of performing robotic urogynecologic procedures in a wide variety of cases. Robotic sacrocolpopexy and hysterectomy are most commonly described, but the use of robotics in the repair of complex pelvic fistulae has also been examined. The available studies mainly consist of case series with short-term follow-up, but early outcomes appear to be comparable to open surgery with decreased patient morbidity.
Summary: The role of robotics in urogynecologic surgery will continue to grow, as there is an increasing access to the robotic platform, and its use is being incorporated into residency training. More robust studies will be needed to validate the continued use of the robot, as there are concerns regarding cost, training, and credentialing.
aDepartment of Urology, USA
bDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida, USA
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