BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate safety, feasibility and short-term outcomes of our first 70 consecutive patients treated by robotic-assisted liver resection after a reversal proctoring between a high HPB volume centre and our well-trained center in minimally invasive General Surgery. Six surgeons were involved in this Hub&Spoke learning program. METHODS: From September 2012 to December 2016, 70 patients underwent robotic-assisted liver resections (RALR). We treated 18 patients affected by colorectal and gastric cancer with synchronous liver lesions suspected for metastases in a one-stage robotic-assisted procedure. For the first 20 procedures we had a tutor in the operatory room, who was present also in the next most difficult procedures. RESULTS: The 30-and 90-day mortality rate was zero with an overall morbidity rate of 10.1%. Associated surgical procedures were performed in about 65,7% of patients. The observed conversion rate was 10%. The results of the first 20 cases were similar to the next 50 showing a shortned learning curve. CONCLUSIONS: Minimally invasive robot-assisted liver resection is a safe technique; it allows overcoming many limits of conventional laparoscopy. This innovative, time-enduring Hub&Spoke may allow patients to undergo a proper standard of care also for complex surgical procedures, without the need of reaching referral centres.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.23736/S0026-4733.18.07651-4|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000456055200002|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-85053848203|
|Titolo:||Robot-assisted liver surgery in a general surgery unit with a "referral centre hub&spoke learning program". Early outcomes after our first 70 consecutive patients|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|