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The learning curve in robotic colorectal surgery compared with laparoscopic colorectal surgery: a systematic review

Julie Flynn, Jose Tomas Larach, Joseph CH Kong, Peadar S Waters, Satish K Warrier, Alexander Heriot



AIM: The learning curve has implications for efficient surgical training. Robotic surgery is perceived to have a shorter learning curve than laparoscopy; however, detailed analysis is lacking. The aim of this work was to analyse studies comparing robotic and laparoscopic colorectal learning curves. Simulation studies comparing novices' learning curves were analysed in order to surmise applicability to colorectal surgery. METHOD: A systematic search of Medline, PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Library identified colorectal papers (from 1 January 2000 to 3 March 2021) comparing robotic and laparoscopic learning curves where surgeons lacked laparoscopic colorectal experience. Simulation studies ..

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