Combined robotic and taTME for rectal cancer

Raquel Bravo1, Maria Fernandez1, Marta Jimenez1, Amelia Hessheimer1, Borja de Lacy1, Alessio Pigazzi2, Am Lacy1. 1Hospital Clinic Barcelona, 2University of California, Irvine

After successful implementation in other surgical fields, robotic colorectal surgery has gained considerable interest. It may help to overcome steep learning curves and benefit even more from minimally invasive surgery, especially in rectal resections.

We present a 50 year old man diagnosed of rectal cancer 7.5 cm from the anal verge. Stadification was T2N0 by MRI. A low anterior resection with side-to-end anastomosis was performed transanally with a single port device, and transabdominally with DaVinci Xi robot system, as well as a diverting ileostomy. Both teams worked simultaneously.

Surgical technique was effective with no postoperative complications. Patient was discharged 3 days after surgery.

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