Side-docking in robotic-assisted gynaecologic cancer surgery

Demetrius Leon Woods, June Y. Hou, Laura Riemers, Divya Gupta, Dennis Yi Shin Kuo

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Background: The majority of previous experience with the robotic-sssisted laparoscopic technique for gynaecological procedures has utilized a method in which the robot is centrally located (CD) between the patient's legs. +Methods: Twelve consecutive patients undergoing robotic-assisted procedures for gynaecological malignancies were positioned in a side-docking (SD) fashion, in which the robot is positioned lateral to the patient. The relevant clinical parameters were collected and compared to the previous 12 patients undergoing surgery using the conventional, centre-docking (CD) technique. +Results: Specimen retrieval time for larger uteri was reduced in the SD group compared to the CD group (p = 0.03). Total operative times were slightly lower in the SD group and specimen retrieval times for all uterine weights were unchanged when compared to the CD group. Statistical significance was not observed. +Conclusions: Side-docking is an alternative to the conventional centre-docking approach in robotic-assisted surgery. Its use may facilitate larger specimen retrieval while decreasing operative time and associated costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-54
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Hysterectomy
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Robotic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biophysics
  • Computer Science Applications


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