The GLOBAL ROBOTIC ASSISTED SURGERY PODCAST is proud to sponsor the Billroth Lectures, as Dr Theodor Billroth was a global pioneer in advancing surgery, which led the way for the future of robotic-assisted surgery.
Billroth was directly responsible for several landmarks in surgery; in 1872, he was the first to conduct an esophagectomy, removing a section of the oesophagus and joining the remaining parts together. In 1873, he performed the first laryngectomy, completely excising a cancerous larynx. He was the first surgeon to excise a rectal cancer, and by 1876, he had performed 33 such operations. By 1881, Billroth had made intestinal surgery seem almost commonplace. But his most famous accomplishment is unquestionably the first successful gastrectomy for gastric cancer. On January 29, 1881, after many ill-fated attempts, Billroth performed the first successful resection for antral carcinoma. He accomplished this operation by closing the greater curvature side of the stomach and anastomosing the lesser curvature to the duodenum, in an operation still known as the Billroth I.
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