LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 260-261
Why should a “gasless” oncologic robotic procedure be performed?
Fabrizio Dal Moro1, Angelo Mangano2
1 Department of Surgery, Oncology and Gastroenterology – Urology, University of Padova, Padua, Italy
2 Department of Anesthesia, Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova, Padua, Italy
Fabrizio Dal Moro
epartment of Surgery, Oncology and Gastroenterology - Urology, University of Padova, Via Giustiniani, 2, 35126 Padova
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Moro FD, Mangano A. Why should a “gasless” oncologic robotic procedure be performed?. Saudi J Anaesth 2017;11:260-1
In this paper, the authors describe a challenging approach during robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP)performing the procedure without gas insufflation and using (after the “docking” of robot) a so-called “tenting of the abdominal wall.” They demonstrate that this technique reduces the peak airway pressure while maintaining an adequate intra-abdominal space.
This work is particularly interesting for both its anesthesiologic and oncologic impacts.
- During laparoendoscopy, carbon dioxide (CO2) insufflation into peritoneal (and extraperitoneal) cavities produces a wide range of pathophysiological hemodynamic changes. Vigilance in monitoring and diligence in management are essential to prevent complications because CO2 absorption may lead to hypercapnia and acidosis.
Clearance of CO2 is related to adequate alveolar ventilation: CO2 absorbed through the peritoneum is eliminated by respiratory exchange in the lungs, and a rapid increase in CO2 levels may be compensated by hyperventilation of the lungs. While the patient is under general anesthesia, minute ventilation volumes must be increased to maintain normocarbia.
There are some situations associated with an increased CO2 absorption, such as the extraperitoneal approach during RARP as we recently demonstrated.
Although the increase in PaCO2 is not fully compensated by hyperventilation, most healthy patients can easily adapt to the increase in end-tidal CO2. However, some are unable to tolerate the increased CO2 load during insufflation, and this condition may lead to myocardial depression and vasodilation. The patient counteracts these effects by centrally mediated sympathetic stimulation, which causes persistent increases in blood pressure and heart rate, increasing catecholamine concentrations. In addition, the pneumoperitoneum, as a consequence of direct compression of the diaphragm, leads to a significant reduction in forced expiratory volume, peak expiratory flow, and forced vital capacity, with a consequent decrease in pulmonary compliance.
For all the points mentioned above, RARP is associated with various anesthesiologic challenges due to pneumoperitoneum and “tenting” can be helpful in improving ventilation and reducing complications of high peak airway pressure above all in men with an impaired cardiopulmonary function, such as in broncopneumopatic or cardiopatic patients.
While in our department, we are used to performing completely gasless procedures during some robotic interventions, such as pyeloplasty and hysterosacropexy, it is not always possible to conclude all the steps of RARP because the risk of massive bleeding, above all during the dissection of Santorini venous complex or during complete nerve-sparing lateral dissection of the prostate: in these cases, sometimes, it is necessary to restart the CO2 insufflation until the closure of venous vessels.
- From the oncological point of view, there are some concerns about the possible role of gas insufflation during laparoscopic/robotic procedures to treat (urological) cancers in the seeding of neoplastic cells. Indeed, tumor spillage is a phenomenon observed after laparoscopic surgical manipulation for both benign and malignant diseases, and it is usually a result of dissemination and concomitant implantation of neoplastic cells on the peritoneal surface.
In literature, port-site metastasis or peritoneal spread after laparoscopic surgery for urological malignancies is a rare occurrence accounting for 0.09% and 0.03% of the cases, respectively. Although the etiology of this phenomenon is not clearly understood, different factors have been implicated, such as the aggressiveness and the type of tumor, host immune response and local processes, and (last, but not least) laparoscopic/robotic-related factors.
Although there is no doubt that a poor surgical technique with traumatic manipulation of cancer (surgical manipulation, tumor handling, morcellation, specimen removal methods,…) may violate the boundaries of the tumor, consequently promoting seeding, the mechanism involved in cancer cell wounds or peritoneal implantation is uncertain. One possible explanation is gas insufflation.
The use of “gasless” laparoscopy/robotic technique, to reduce the risk of wound or peritoneal metastasis, has been suggested since the '90s; however, further multicentric studies are needed to confirm or not the role of the pneumoperitoneum in cancer seeding.
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