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Farewell to “collateral damage” in surgery


Debut issue of the Journal of Robotic Surgery discusses minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer and other diseases.

Prostate cancer is the most common solid organ tumor in men. In the past, the available treatment options for cure were often invasive and debilitating. Today, with advances in modern technology and the incorporation of robotic assistance, minimally invasive prostate cancer surgery involving less pain and faster recovery is a reality. Despite this progress, minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer and other diseases is still the exception and not the rule − lack of training and difficulty in learning the techniques are the obstacles that are often mentioned. The newly launched Journal of Robotic Surgery aims to provide the resource needed to support the growth of this new field. In an article published in the first issue, Vipul Patel, Rahul Thaly, and Ketul Shah take a look at the exponential growth in the use of robotic technology in urology during the last decade and review the impact and outcomes of robotic prostatectomy.

The debut issue of the Journal of Robotic Surgery also includes an article by John Boggess, who chronicles the ambitious growth of gynecologic robotic surgery, as well as a study by Sangeeta Senapati and Arnold Advincula on a safe and efficient surgical technique for completing a robot-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy.

Editor-in-Chief Vipul Patel, an internationally recognized expert in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery, says, “Patients still undergo invasive interventions to treat disease, but minimally invasive surgery makes possible a reduction or complete elimination of the ‘collateral damage’ required to gain access to the organ requiring surgery.” Dr. Patel is Director of The Center for Robotic and Computer Assisted Surgery and Associate Clinical Professor of Urology and Bioinformatics at The Ohio State University.

The Journal of Robotic Surgery is the first to focus exclusively on emerging robotic applications in surgery and is positioned to become the world’s foremost clinical resource for robotic surgical education. Available in print and electronic formats, the quarterly journal includes original articles, techniques, reviews, simulation and imaging, and educational training on robotic surgical applications in a wide range of medical fields. Special online features include slides, library resources and above all videos, which demonstrate fascinating surgical robotics.

Fast publication in Online First™ will make the journal accessible and searchable within SpringerLink, Springer’s online information platform. In addition, all authors, via the Springer Open Choice™ program, have the option of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model. For the first year of publication, all full-text articles and videos will be freely accessible online, courtesy of Intuitive Surgical.

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