Introduction. Robotic surgery has gained wide acceptance in recent years. However its development is slower and the lack of high level experience with this technique is an important limitation. This manuscript discusses some of the reasons of it and aims to describe the organizational system we have progressively established in our center in order to improve the development of Robotic program in our surgical area.
Methods. Some points may be required to improve the robotic program development in a general surgical department, including: a broad availability of robotic system in a surgical area; an ideal setting area with mainly oncological and hepato-biliary-pancreatic disease; the need of a mainly young team; a broad application of the robotic system in more general surgical fields; a high motivation on robotic use; a departmental and institutional economical effort. We have tried to achieve these goals before starting the robotic program in our department at October 2010.
Results. From October 2010 until November 2013 a total of 170 procedures have been performed, 92% of them for malignant diseases. Conversion rate and overall morbidity was 5% and 19%, respectively.
Conclusions. The organizational model defined in our center is facilitating the constant and progressive development of the robotic program. A broad and flexible availability of the robotic system, a progressive increase of young surgeons joining this technology as well as the institutional and departmental economical effort are the points with which the robotic system may increase its development in a surgical department.
KEY WORDS: Robotic - Minimally Invasive Surgery - Organizational model.