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Clinical trial: Use of robotics for cholecystectomy



The Use of Robotics for Cholecystectomy study is a retrospective review currently recruiting patients who underwent robotic-assisted laparoscopic cholecystectomy from June 2004 through May 2015.

Several methods are considered standard of care for the surgical treatment of cholecystitis, including open surgery, laparoscopic, and robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery. This study, a retrospective analysis of charts, operating room notes, and operating room documentation of procedures, will review intraoperative and postoperative clinical outcomes of robotic-assisted laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Patients are eligible for the study if they underwent robotic-assisted laparoscopic cholecystectomy during the study period at UC Davis Medical Center and were between the ages of 18 and 65. Patients who did not choose to have surgery or who were under the age of 18 when surgery was performed are excluded.

The intent of the study is to establish the role of robotics in laparoscopic surgery and to assess the learning curve for surgeons. Primary outcomes will be to compare hernia rates between multiport and single-port approaches, and to compare multiport against single-port approaches through the standard of care model of normal postsurgery follow-ups, along with additional follow-ups if complications are seen.

Recruitment for the study ends in May 2019. About 500 people are expected to be included in the final analysis.

Find more information at the study page on

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