Computer-assisted robotic Heller myotomy: Initial case report

W. Scott Melvin, Bradley J. Needleman, Kevin R. Krause, Randall K. Wolf, Robert E. Michler, E. Christoper Ellison

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Purpose: Our objective was to determine the efficacy of computer-assisted robotic laparoscopic Heller myotomy. Methods: A 76-year-old woman with a significant history of achalasia was evaluated for laparoscopic Heller myotomy. The da Vinci™ surgical system was used throughout the procedure. Results: Computer assistance allowed scaling of hand motions from a range of 2:1 to 5:1. Successful dissection of the esophageal musculature was accomplished, and a Toupet-type fundoplication was performed. The patient was discharged from the hospital the day after surgery with five port incisions, each <1 cm. Conclusions: Telemanipulator computer-assisted surgical devices may have applications in procedures that require advanced and finely tuned motions, such as Heller myotomy. The benefits of extra magnification and three-dimensional imaging can help prevent esophageal perforation and identify residual circular muscle fibers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-253
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques - Part A
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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