Robotic Prostate Removal, Better Outcomes

NEW YORK, April 15 (UPI) — Prostate cancer patients, who have their prostates removed by robots appear to have better outcomes, U.S. researchers found.

Dr. David B. Samadi, chief of the division of robotics and minimally invasive surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, compared 575 patients who had robotic prostatectomy with 106 patients who had prostatectomy done by surgeons.

The study, published online ahead of print in the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, found the robotically assisted procedures were associated with 45 percent shorter median anesthesia time, 51 percent shorter surgical time and 96 percent less estimated blood loss.

In addition, those who had the robotic prostatectomy — via the da Vinci system — had 67 percent shorter hospital stays, the study said.

The robotic prostatectomy reduces trauma and reduces the risk of surgical side-effects of incontinence and sexual dysfunction, Samadi said.

“Our goal, is not just survival, but to improve the patient’s quality of life,” Samadi said.

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