Study Finds Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy is Widely Used

Study Finds Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy is Widely Used
shutterstock_70939099According to the results of a recent study, titled “The impact of robotic surgery on the surgical management of prostate cancer in the USA” published in the BJU International journal, the last decade saw an increase in robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) to handle a large number of radical prostatectomy (RP) cases, subsequently increasing the economic burden for prostate cancer surgery. In order to understand the surgical characteristics associated with RARP use and assess its impact on practice patterns and cost, the research team designed a retrospective cohort study that included 489,369 men who underwent non-RARP or RARP in the USA from 2003 to 2010. First author Steven L. Chang, MD, of Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues found that RARP adoption increased from 0.7% to 42% of surgeons who perform RP. Until 2007, RARP was widely used among surgeons at teaching hospitals and after 2007 it became widely used at urban hospitals. Moreover, from 2003 to 2010 the total number of surgeons preforming RP decreased but the number of surgeries preformed rose from 10 to 45%. At the end of the study, 73% of surgeons who preformed more than 24 annual RP’s had adopted RARP, when compared to 36% of surg
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