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Robot-assisted minimally invasive thoracolaparoscopic esophagectomy versus open transthoracic esophagectomy for resectable esophageal cancer. A randomized controlled trial. Ann Surg 2019; 269: 621-630.

Published: 18th July 2019

Authors: van der Sluis PC, van der Horst S, May AM, Schippers C, Brosens L, Joore HC et al.


A total of 112 patients were randomized. Robotic surgery was associated with fewer overall complications (risk ratio 0.74, 95 per cent confidence interval 0.57 to 0.96; P=0.02), less blood loss (400 versus 568ml, P<0.001), less postoperative pain and improved quality of life. Short term oncological outcomes were comparable.

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