Robot-assisted left adrenalectomy for Conn's adenoma
Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2012;12(11). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en3821
As laparoscopy is the standard approach to perform an adrenalectomy, robotic assistance is considered as an effective tool to perform this resection. Surgical steps follow those established for laparoscopy (i.e., mobilization of the spleen and of the pancreas in a patient placed in a lateral position, identification of the renal vein, control and division of the adrenal vein, successive freeing of the medial, external, inferior, and finally posterior aspects of the gland. The sealing devices such as ultrasonic dissectors are well adapted to perform this resection, and to safely control adrenal arteries. Robotic assistance takes full benefit from the degrees of freedom of the tips of the instruments and allows for an easy adrenal gland mobilization and removal.