It is an extraordinary pleasure to present this series on advances in robotic minimally invasive surgery. The new millennium heralded the introduction of surgical robotics with the US Food and Drug Administration approval of the DaVinci robot in 2000. There is no doubt surgical robotics or perhaps more precisely computer assisted telemanipulation surgery is here to stay. With that, will come the second era of novel instrumentation, advances in robotic surgery from a wide variety of sources now that the surgical beachhead has been established.
The future of robotics
Robotic surgery: finding value in 2019 and beyond
A current review of robotic colorectal surgery
Robotic assisted single site surgery: a decade of innovation
Robotic thoracic and esophageal surgery: a critical review of comparative outcomes
Novel, hand-held, agile surgical operating systems
Emerging surgical robotic technology: a progression toward microbots
Energy in robotic surgery
The current state of surgeon credentialing in the robotic era
Proficiency-based progression process training for fundamentals of robotic surgery curriculum development
The series “Advances in Robotic Surgery” was commissioned by the editorial office, Annals of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery without any sponsorship or funding. Steven D. Schwaitzberg and Rafael Perez are serving as the unpaid Guest Editors for the series.