Number of robot-assisted prostate cancer surgery grows

27 August 2014 

A study conducted by BJU International found that more surgeons across the US are adopting robot-assisted methods. It also found that, although there are still more costly than traditional surgeries, the procedure has become less expensive since it was first introduced in 2001.

Dr Steven Chang from the Harvard Medical School analysed the number of doctors using robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) procedures for prostate cancer patients. Dr Chang and his team analysed nearly 500,000 men who had their prostate removed with RARP or with more traditional procedures in the US from 2003 to 2010.

RARP adoption was defined as performing more than 50 per cent of annual radical prostatectomies with the robotic approach. The team found that the rate of adoption increased from 0.7 per cent to 42 per cent of surgeons performing radical prostatectomies, with it being more likely in teaching or medium to large hospitals.

Dr Chang said the findings give insight on the adoption of not just robotic technology but future surgical innovations.

Posted by Philip Briggs​


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