Current status of robotic surgery for gastric cancer

Koichi Suda, Yoshinori Ishida, Ichiro Uyama

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Robotic surgery was launched in Japan in 2000. In particular, the development of the da Vinci S Surgical System was a major breakthrough. It was introduced in Japan for the first time through our hospital in January 2009. Since then, the number of surgical robots used has been dramatically increasing, with up to approximately 160 robots all over the country. To date, we have performed more than 500 robotic surgeries, including 180 gastrectomies, at our hospital. Our data suggest that compared with the conventional laparoscopic approach, the use of the da Vinci Surgical System in minimally invasive gastrectomy for gastric cancer might improve short-term outcomes, particularly in terms of preventing postoperative local complications. Thus, we believe that use of surgical robots become increasingly beneficial for more extensive resections and operations that require more advanced skills, even though a couple of issues remain to be solved, such as long operative time, high cost, and limited experience and evidence. In this article, the current status and future perspectives regarding robotic gastrectomy for gastric cancer are presented based on our experience and a review of the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1358-1361
Number of pages4
JournalJapanese Journal of Cancer and Chemotherapy
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 1


  • Complications
  • Conventional laparoscopic gastrectomy
  • Gastric cancer
  • Robotic gastrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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