Da Vinci robotic-assisted radical hysterectomy procedural guide.


The Da Vinci robotic surgical platform has rapidly been adopted by skilled surgeons for procedures in gynecologic oncology. The lack of specific procedural guides and surgical atlases for robotic surgery in gynecologic oncology produces challenges in the education of trainees in their role both as the assistant and as the console surgeon. This procedural guide was developed in order to facilitate trainee education in the technical aspects of radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer using the Da Vinci robotic surgical platform. Patient selection, preparation, and the technical aspects of robotic radical hysterectomy are described from both the standpoint of the console surgeon and the bedside assistant.