Journal article

Reply to Successful patient-oriented surgical outcomes in robotic vs laparoscopic right hemicolectomy for cancer - a systematic review

PS Waters, FP Cheung, O Peacock, SK Warrier, AG Heriot, DS O'Riordain, S Pillinger, AC Lynch, ARL Stevenson

Colorectal Disease | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

We would like to thank Slim et al (ref) for their comments pertaining to the recently published systematic review on surgical outcomes in robotic vs laparoscopic right hemicolectomy for cancer recently published in Colorectal Disease (1). The authors state that wherever possible data should be pooled to permit meta-analysis but comment that this was not possible because of heterogeneity of data between individual studies. Despite taking its place at the top of the hierarchy of evidence, it is widely acknowledged that meta-analyses are associated with their own inherent weaknesses.