Robot-assisted adrenalectomy: A technical option for the surgeon?

P. C. Giulianotti, N. C. Buchs, P. Addeo, F. M. Bianco, S. M. Ayloo, G. Caravaglios, A. Coratti

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Background: The robotic approach is an interesting option for overcoming the limitations of laparoscopic adrenalectomy. We aimed to report our technique and outcomes of robot-assisted adrenalectomy (RAA). +Methods: From November 2000 to February 2010, all consecutive patients who underwent a RAA by the same surgeon were prospectively entered into a dedicated database. The data were reviewed retrospectively. +Results: During the study period, 21 right (50%), 20 left (47.6%) and 1 bilateral (2.4%) RAA were performed. Mean lesion size was 5.5 cm (max. 10 cm). Mean operative time was 118 ± 46 min and median blood loss was 27 ml. There were no conversions. The postoperative morbidity rate was 2.4%; mortality rate, 2.4%; median hospital stay, 4 days. +Conclusions: RAA achieves good short-term outcomes and could be considered a valid option for the treatment of adrenal masses, with the potential to expand the limits of minimally invasive surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Biophysics
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Adrenalectomy
  • Outcomes
  • Robot
  • Techniques


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