Robin Schmitz, MD1, Justin Barr, MD, PhD1, Nathaniel Melling, MD2, Daniel Perez, MD2, Sabino Zani, MD1. 1Duke University, 2University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
Introduction: This retrospective study was performed to evaluate the safety and feasibility of the new Senhance robotic system (Transenterix) for laparoscopic cholecystectomies. We report the first single-institutional experience utilizing this new robotic platform.
Methods: Approximately 20 robotic cholecystectomies were performed using the Senhance robotic system. The Senhance surgical system is a new robotic platform that consists of a cockpit, manipulator arm and a connection node (Figure 1). This new system provides robotic surgery with numerous advantages including eye-tracking camera control system, haptic feedback, reusable endoscopic instruments, and a high configuration versatility due to total independency of the manipulator arms. Patients were between 18 and 80 years of age, eligible for a laparoscopic procedure with general anesthesia, had no life-threatening disease with a life-expectancy of less than 12 month and a BMI < 40. A retrospective review of a variety of prospectively collected pre-, peri- and postoperative data including but not limited to patient demographics, intraoperative as well as postoperative complications was performed. Cholecystectomies were performed by expert level laparoscopic surgeons.
Results: The standard laparoscopic technique and setup was easily applicable to the Senhance robotic system for this particular surgery. Operative time and perioperative complications were comparable to reports of standard laparoscopic cholecystectomies. There was no significant learning curve detected in our case series.
Conclusion: We report the first experience with laparoscopic cholecystectomies using the new Senhance robotic system. There were no major perioperative complications and operative time was comparable to standard laparoscopic cholecystectomies well reported in the literature. This case series suggests that the Senhance robotic system can be safely and easily used for laparoscopic cholecystectomies by experienced laparoscopic surgeons.
Presented at the SAGES 2017 Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.
Abstract ID: 87452
Program Number: P781
Presentation Session: iPoster Session (Non CME)
Presentation Type: Poster