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Robot-assisted splenectomy for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)

D Mutter, MD, PhD, FACS J Marescaux, MD, FACS, Hon FRCS, Hon FJSES, Hon FASA, Hon APSA
Epublication WebSurg.com, Oct 2012;12(10). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en3693

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Robot-assisted splenectomy follows the same surgical principles than a more conventional laparoscopic technique. This video demonstrates a splenectomy for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) in a young patient. The procedure was performed with the Da Vinci Si™ robotic system, using three arms. Vascular management was carried out with clips, and splenectomy was uneventful, without any capsular effraction. Robot-assisted splenectomy is a safe and reproducible procedure.