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 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.