Current status of robotic surgery in urology

As a result of ergonomics, optimal magnification of the operative field, surgeon dexterity, and precision of surgical manipulation, robotic technology has been shown to overcome many difficulties associated with pure laparoscopy. With the recent expansion of robot-assisted surgery in the field of urology and following the success of robot-assisted prostatectomy and robot-assisted partial nephrectomy, robot-assisted surgery is being applied to treat many other genitourinary diseases, such as bladder cancer and ureteropelvic junction obstruction. The aim of the present review is to discuss the role of robotic surgery in urology and summarize recent developments in the field of urologic robotic surgery.

Asian journal of endoscopic surgery. 2017 Sep 14 [Epub ahead of print]

Masashi Honda, Shuichi Morizane, Katsuya Hikita, Atsushi Takenaka

Department of Urology, Tottori University Faculty of Medicine, Yonago, Japan.