Future perspectives: natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery

Alireza Aminsharifi, Riccardo Bertolo, Christian Huge, Wesley M. White

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Advances in surgical technologies and techniques including single-port (SP) robotic surgery offer the promise of less postoperative morbidity and pain, decreased length of hospitalization, and hastened convalescence. Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is perhaps the most promising and most complex marriage of technology and technique. As such, the SP da Vinci robot has been designed to facilitate single-incision and NOTES. Preclinical investigational work suggests feasibility, but the clinical application of NOTES has thus far been sporadic and not reproduced across multiple centers. In this chapter, we will discuss landmark studies and successful NOTES applications in humans, and consider existing challenges and future directions that may advance or hinder the widespread applicability and pragmatism of NOTES.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSingle-Port Robotic Surgery in Urology
Subtitle of host publicationThe New Beginning After the Advent of Dedicated Platforms
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780323919067
ISBN (Print)9780323985154
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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