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Robotic distal gastrectomy with the EndoWrist® One Vessel Sealer

HK Yang, MD, PhD, FACS SH Kong, MD
Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2015;15(11). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4643

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The EndoWrist® One vessel sealer is a wristed, single-use instrument of the da Vinci surgical robotic system intended for bipolar coagulation and mechanical transection of vessels up to 7mm in diameter and tissue bundles. It could be a potential instrument to overcome the limitation of straight energy-based devices. Although it has the advantage of having an endowrist function which allows easy access to the surgical planes in ideal directions, it requires special caution and know-how to use the device safely and effectively, because of a relatively blunt tip and the absence of an active blade at the tip. This video of the robotic distal gastrectomy for early gastric cancer shows how to harmonize the use of a sharp instrument with conventional bipolar electricity and of the vessel sealer device to maximize the advantages of such devices and to ensure safety. A conventional bipolar forceps is used to make entrance holes on the tissue for a safe application of the vessel sealer, and to perform fine dissections of small tissues, which are difficult to manage using a vessel sealer. Once the access hole has been made, the vessel sealer is applied in an ideal axis to the avascular tissue plane, thanks to the free wrist function. This technique combined with a sharp instrument using conventional bipolar electricity seems to be helpful for a safe and effective operation, which can use the benefit of the vessel sealer to its full potential, for instance with a high degree of freedom of the movement and secure sealing of lymphovascular structures.