da Vinci Assisted Low Anterior Resection and Colovesical Fistula Repair

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Author: June Hsu
Specialties: General Surgery, Robotic Surgery
Schools: Rutgers- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Contributors: Jimmy Lin and Craig Rezac

Robotic surgery offers benefits to both patient and surgeon by allowing smaller incisions and faster recovery time, to better accuracy, flexibility and control.  Many procedures which had previously been conducted with laparoscopy, or open surgery, are becoming further improved upon in robotic surgery. This video demonstrates two such procedures, from different specialities, being performed; the low anterior resection and colovesical fistula repair.

DOI#: http://dx.doi.org/10.17797/f1frvag53q



Robot-Assisted Low Anterior Resection and Colovesical Fistula Repair


Complicated diverticulitis, carcinoma of the rectosigmoid colon higher than 5cm from the anal verge.


Diseased colon less than 5cm from the anal verge, unstable patients, large phlegmonous mass, obstruction, perforation or ileus leading to massive bowel distension and loss of domain, carcinomatosis, morbid obesity (relative), multiple previous abdominal surgical procedures (relative), extensive abdominal adhesions (relative)



Patient is placed in the supine position with both arms tucked. The robot is docked on the patient's right shoulder

Preoperative Workup

CT scan, colonoscopy, cystoscopy

Anatomy and Landmarks

Bladder, ureters, white line of Toldt, inferior mesenteric vessels, splenic flexure


Advantages: Superior retraction, visualization and dissection
Disadvantage: longer procedure/anesthesia time, potentially more cost


Injury to the ureters, spleen, anastomotic leak, bladder leak, blood loss, infection

Disclosure of Conflicts

No conflicts to disclose



Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD; R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD; B. Mark Evers, MD; and Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, 2012, Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, 19th Edition. Suanders

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