Robotic Surgery for Complicated Diverticular Disease

Fadwa Ali, Elizabeth Raskin

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Diverticular disease is common, and increasing in prevalence worldwide. The treatment for acute and chronic diverticular disease has a huge clinical and economic burden. Surgery is standard for complicated diverticulitis, and there are several benefits to using robotic surgery in these cases. Complicated diverticular disease can result in fistula, fibrosis, and deranged anatomy, which present technical challenges to the surgeon. Understanding and anticipating these anatomical challenges is key to successful surgery. While fears of conversion in complicated cases may stop surgeons from using traditional laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery is especially promising for enhancing dexterity, visualization, and facilitating completely minimally invasive surgery in these complicated cases. In this chapter, we review end-to-end technical strategies of robotic colorectal surgery for complicated diverticular disease, including cases with colovesicular, colovaginal, and colocutaneous fistulae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-301
Number of pages5
JournalClinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • colorectal surgery
  • colovaginal fistula
  • colovesical fistula
  • digmoidectomy/sigmoid resection
  • diverticulitis/diverticular disease
  • robotic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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