Robotic vs. Laparoscopic Sphincter Preserving TME: a Propensity Matched Analysis


“What a hospital wants- is good surgical outcomes,” says Associate Professor (Robotic) Dr. Avanish Saklani, from the Tata Memorial Centre Department of GI and Colorectal Surgical Oncology. Speaking to the Robotic Surgeons Council of India, he talks about the value of good volumes, because they yield good outcomes. Regarding Total Mesorectal Excision while preserving the sphincter, he claims that robotic and laparoscopic are “as good,” but until a surgeon has enough experience doing the procedure on the robot, “you are just comparing apples and oranges.” The most significant factors favoring robotic over laparoscopic were when it came to outcomes. Robotic had fewer complications and less morbidity. Lecture, with PPT’s and photos, 05:53