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Robot-assisted versus conventional minimally invasive esophagectomy for resectable esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Early results of a multicenter randomized controlled trial: the RAMIE Trial.

Yang Y, Li B, Yi J, Hua R, Chen H, Tan L et al.

Ann Surg 2022; 275: 646-653.

Early results of this study suggest the robotic approach was quicker: 203.8 versus 244.9 minutes, P<0.001. Lymph node dissection was improved but all other clinical comparators and complication rates were similar.

Comment: modest improvement in dissection and duration of surgery, but the key is longer term outcomes.

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