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Robot-Assisted Techniques and Outcomes in the Realm of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: September 2011 - Volume 54 - Issue 3 - p 412–419
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31822b48c6
Robotic Surgery in Gynecology

Robotic-assisted surgery for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse continues to grow in popularity as more surgeons adopt this technology. Encompassing all of the benefits of laparoscopic surgery, robotic-assisted techniques allow more surgeons the ability to perform complex tasks such as meticulous deep pelvic dissection and extensive suturing without having to resort to laparotomy. This chapter reviews the techniques involved in the robotic approach to pelvic reconstructive surgery and discusses the currently available information focusing on the outcomes of this procedure.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dr Matthews has received an honorarium from Intuitive Surgical Inc. Dr Parnell has nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Catherine A. Matthews, MD, Old Clinic Building, Campus Box 7570, Chapel Hill, NC. E-mail:

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.