Vitalijus Eismontas, Olegas Deduchovas, Narimantas Evaldas Samalavičius, Arvydas Martinkėnas, Vinsas Janušonis
In this retrospective study we report the first experience of robotic cholecystectomies in Baltic countries. From Nov 2018 to Mar 2021, 72 robotic cholecystectomies were performed in Klaipėda University Hospital using the Senhance (TransEnterix) robotic system. Patients were diagnosed with symptomatic gallstone disease and had no life-threatening co-morbidities. We retrospectively investigated patient demographics and pre-, peri- and postoperative data. Eighteen male and fifty four female patients were included in this study (n = 72). Mean age was 53 years (range 21–85); mean BMI was 26.6 kg/ m² (range 21.1–43.7). Mean docking time was 10 min (range 1–55), and mean operative time was 80 min (range 50–138). There were no conversions to standard laparoscopy or open surgery. There were no intra-operative complications. There was one post-operative bleeding from the gallbladder bed and subhepatic hematoma, successfully treated by laparoscopy. This study demonstrates the feasibility of robotic surgery in performing minimally invasive cholecystectomies.
Keyword(s): robotic surgery, robotic cholecystectomy, cholecystectomy.