Urologic and gynecologic surgeons are the top utilizers of robotic surgery; however, non-obstetrical robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery (RALS) in pregnant patients is infrequent. A systematic literature review was performed to ascertain the frequency, indication and complications of RALS in pregnancy. Results showed thirty-eight pregnancies from eleven publications between 2008-2020. Five cases were for urologic indication and thirty-three for gynecologic indication. Minimal surgical alterations were required. Although no adverse maternal-fetal outcomes were reported, there are not enough cases published to determine safety. This review demonstrates the feasibility of RALS for the pregnant population in the hands of competent robotic surgeons.
Capella, Courtney; Godovchik, Joseph; Chandrasekar, Thenappan; and Al-Kouatly, Huda B., "Non-obstetrical robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery in pregnancy: a systematic literature review." (2020). Department of Urology Faculty Papers. Paper 58.
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