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Robot-Assisted Laparoscopy: Basic Principles, Equipment, and Instrumentation

Arnold P. Advincula

Abstract

Laparoscopy: Basic Principles, Equipment, and Instrumentation <p>Advancements in conventional laparoscopy have allowed surgeons to treat more surgical pathology in a minimally invasive fashion. However, many procedures are still performed predominantly by laparotomy. Conventional laparoscopic instrumentation and the steep learning curve are often cited as possible obstacles to minimally invasive surgery. The advent and evolution of robotic technology may provide means to overcome the limitations seen with conventional laparoscopy through the use of three-dimensional imaging and more dexterous and precise instruments.</p>

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