Robotic presacral neurectomy - technique and results

Vasilis Kapetanakis, Kristina Jacob, Jennifer Klauschie, Rosanne Kho, Javier Magrina

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Background: The feasibility, safety and outcomes of robotic presacral neurectomy were evaluated. Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed of 33 patients with midline chronic pelvic pain, who underwent robotic presacral neurectomy. Data were collected during the period March 2004-March 2010. Results: All patients underwent robotic presacral neurectomy and additional robotic procedures. Mean operating time for robotic presacral neurectomy was 5.8 (range 4.4-6.9) min. Mean blood loss, including concomitant procedures, was 39 (range 15-150) ml. Most patients were discharged the same day (60%) and mean hospital stay was 0.39 (range 0-2) days. There were no conversions or intra-operative complications. There were two postoperative complications: one pelvic abscess and one Clostridium difficile colitis. Pain improvement was reported by 73% (22/30) of patients. Conclusion: Robotic presacral neurectomy is safe and feasible, resulting in improvement of pelvic pain in selected patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Pelvic pain
  • Presacral neurectomy
  • Robotic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biophysics
  • Computer Science Applications


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