Robotic rectal surgery in Korea: Analysis of a nationwide registry

for the Korean Association of Robotic Surgeons (KAROS) Study Group

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Background: The aim of this study is to analyze the progress and the present state of application of robotic rectal surgery in Korea. Methods: We used data from patients who underwent robotic, laparoscopic or open approaches for four types of operative procedures between 2006 and 2014: (1) anterior resection (AR), (2) low anterior resection (LAR), (3) intersphincteric resection (ISR) and (4) abdominoperineal resection (APR). Results: The number of hospitals performing robotic rectal surgery has increased. Low anterior resection accounts for the largest percentage of robotic surgeries (mean 67.2%), and the number and proportion of ISRs performed robotically have increased rapidly (mean 22.6%). In addition, the dependence on robotic methods for ISR and APR increased rapidly over the study period. Conclusion: The use of robotic rectal surgery has widened over the last decade in Korea, and it has been convergent with surgeries for rectal lesions located near the anal verge.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1896
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun


  • intersphincteric resection
  • laparoscopic surgery
  • minimally invasive surgery
  • rectal neoplasm
  • robotic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biophysics
  • Computer Science Applications


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