Minimally invasive technology, especially robotics, is gaining widespread acceptance and is becoming the standard approach for the treatment of both benign and malignant gynecologic conditions in centers across the country. However, there are challenges on a systems-based level to the implementation of a robotic program. Prominent among the concerns is the length of the learning curve, team-building, quality of life, and financial and various organizational challenges. The purpose of this review article is to address those challenges as milestones on the progress to a successful robotics program and explore possible solutions.
Roadblocks for a successful robotics program in gynecology include team-building, culture of safety, learning curve, quality-of-life and business perspective, and possible solutions.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center, Atlantic Health System, and the Women's Cancer Center, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Morristown, New Jersey; and the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Magee-Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Corresponding author: Brian M. Slomovitz, MD, Women's Cancer Center, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07962; e-mail: mailto:Brian.Slomovitz@atlantichealth.org.
Financial Disclosure None of the authors have any conflict of interest to report.