Robotic abdominal resection of tailgut cysts – A technical note with step-by-step description

Alejandro Solís-Peña, Lena W.S. Ngu, Miquel Kraft Carré, María José Gomez Jurado, Francesc Vallribera Valls, Gianluca Pellino*, Eloy Espin-Basany

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Aim: Here, we describe a step-by-step standardized technique for tailgut cyst resection using a single-docking robotic approach. Method: Each step of the technique is illustrated using a composite collection of four operative patient videos to demonstrate the advantages and feasibility of this technique. The robot platform utilised is Da Vinci Xi. Results: Five female patients have undergone this operation in our unit. The size of tumours ranged from 12 to 45 mm. Median operating time was 100 min (range 90–150). Mean blood loss in all the patients was less than 50 ml. There were no major intraoperative complications. One patient had a postoperative presacral collection which required radiological drainage. Length of stay in all patients was one day. Conclusions: This technique using a single-docking robotic approach appears safe and feasible. The robotic approach results in improved dexterity and more accurate dissection, better retraction and excellent vision which improves the ease of operating in the pelvis. Therefore, this approach can be replicated for use in a wide variety of patients with tailgut cysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-796
Number of pages4
JournalColorectal Disease
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2022


  • retrorectal tumours
  • robotic approach
  • Tailgut cysts


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