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Study Associates Experience With Outcomes in Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery

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The study, conducted by researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital, found that complications associated with robot-assisted radical prostatectomies were higher in low-volume hospitals, with relatively inexperienced staff.

While robot-assisted surgeries are minimally invasive and result in less blood loss, compared with open surgery, physician experience is critical too, the lead author on the study, Jesse Sammon, DO, a researcher at Henry Ford’s Vattikuti Urology Institute, suggests. The procedure, robot-assisted radical prostatectomies (RARPs), involves removing the diseased organ using tiny robotic arms that the surgeon manipulates. The prcedure usually results in shorter recovery periods and shorter hospital stays.

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However, the study found that inexperienced staff could result in complications that could harm the patient.

Read the news released by the Henry Ford Health System: http://bit.ly/1PRErc2


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