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World J Gastrointest Surg. Feb 27, 2016; 8(2): 143-150
Published online Feb 27, 2016. doi: 10.4240/wjgs.v8.i2.143
Overview of robotic colorectal surgery: Current and future practical developments
Sudipta Roy, Charles Evans
Sudipta Roy, Charles Evans, ST7 General Surgery, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry CV2 2DX, United Kingdom
Author contributions: Roy S performed the majority of the research and writing of the paper, including photography; Evans C contributed to structuring of the paper and provided senior oversight.
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Correspondence to: Sudipta Roy, MBChB, MRCS, MSc, ST7 General Surgery, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry CV2 2DX, United Kingdom.
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Received: April 28, 2015
Peer-review started: May 7, 2015
First decision: October 21, 2015
Revised: November 19, 2015
Accepted: December 8, 2015
Article in press: December 11, 2015
Published online: February 27, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Robotic assistance has the potential to revolutionise the way colorectal surgery is delivered. This overview summarises the current status of robotic colorectal surgery and considers the direction of developments in robotic and endoscopic surgery and future developments in micro- and nanotechnology.