Broadcasting from the USA: Robotic Surgical Approach Safe, Feasible for Gallbladder Cancer

For patients undergoing gallbladder cancer surgery, robotic-assisted surgery has comparable oncological outcomes to open surgery, according to a review published online Feb. 27 in the American Journal of Surgery.

Sebastian Mellado, from the Boston University School of Medicine, and colleagues conducted a systematic review of the literature to compare patient outcomes following robotic, open, and laparoscopic surgeries for treatment of gallbladder cancer. Five studies with 353 patients and published between 2019 and 2023 were identified and reviewed. All studies compared robotic to open surgery: 36.5 and 63.5 percent of the patients underwent robotic and open surgery, respectively.

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