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  • 2019-11-25

Robotically assisted right colectomy with fluorescence-guided complete mesocolon excision

Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2019;19(11). URL:
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In robotic right hemicolectomy for cancer, appropriate lymphadenectomy and anastomotic leak prevention are critical. Visualization of draining lymph nodes, of primary tumor site and blood flow using the near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence da Vinci® imaging system is a recent development. We present the technique of robotic right colectomy with complete mesocolic excision (CME) and D3 lymphadenectomy using Indocyanine Green (ICG) fluorescence. The day before surgery, a colonoscopy was performed and ICG was injected around the tumor in the submucosa. Robotic right hemicolectomy was performed with suprapubic trocars layout and bottom to up dissection, with CME, central vessel ligation, and D3 lymphadenectomy. ICG was intraoperatively administered intravenously to assess bowel perfusion before anastomosis. The identification of the primary tumor site and of bowel stumps perfusion were possible and the accuracy in identifying the D3 lymphatic basin was high, allowing for an image-guided radical lymphadenectomy. Fluorescent technology represents a valuable innovation to improve colon cancer surgery.