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Comparison of laparoscopic versus robot-assisted surgery for rectal cancers. The COLRAR randomized controlled trial.

Park JS, Lee SM, Choi G-S, Park SY, Kim HJ, Song SH et al.

Ann Surg 2023; 278: 31-38.

This study was terminated early because of poor accrual after 295 patients had been recruited. Rates of complete total mesorectal excision were similar: 80.7 per cent after robotic, and 77.1 per cent after laparoscopic resection. Complication rates were similar.

Comment; Perhaps this says more about lack of equipoise concerning robotic surgery among colorectal surgeons (and maybe patients) than anything else.

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