William Wan, The Washington Post Published 9:33 am, Friday, June 22, 2018 Photo: Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A robotic system being used in surgery at University of Miami. A robotic system being used in surgery at University of Miami. Photo: Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Robotic surgery is no better than traditional surgery, bladder cancer study finds 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Robotic-assisted procedures have now become ubiquitous in some kinds of surgeries. What once was seen as a technological marvel is commonplace in many hospitals. But studies in recent years have shown robotic surgery performs no better than traditional surgery – even though it comes at a steeper cost to the overall health-care system. The latest comparison study was published in the medical journal Lancet on Thursday and shows there were no major differences in outcomes or complication rates in operations for bladder cancer. On the plus side, robotic surgery – because it generally requires smaller incisions — resulted in less blood loss, less need for blood transfusion and slightly shorter hospital stays. The study showed robotic surgery did not cause more complications or higher cancer recurrences — a concern that has been raised by… Read full this story
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