Man vs. Machine: How Does Robotic Cancer Surgery Fare?

Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery Yield Better Outcomes, Fewer Complications

According to the first-ever nationwide survey comparing robotic-assisted prostate surgery to the often-used ‘open’ radical surgery, machine (with a urologist at the controls) trumps the traditional open prostatectomy in the United States.

Scientists at the Henry Ford Vattikuti Urology Institute in Detroit led the research.

Among other things, the researchers found that patients who underwent robotic assisted radical prostatectomy were less likely to have a prolonged hospital stay and less likely to suffer from complications during or after the surgery.

Researchers at the Vattikuti Urology Institute based their findings on sampling of 19,278 patients in 647 medical institutions between October 2008 and December 2009.

South County Urological in St. Louis performs both procedures: the robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy and the standard open radical prostatectomy.


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