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Minimally invasive robotic surgery challenges the gold standard open surgery


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A new study has found that robotic surgery is less dangerous and has a faster recovery period for patients.

Consists of a camera arm and mechanical arms with surgical tools attached.

Cut the chance of readmission in half (52%) and revealed a “striking” four-fold (77%) reduction in the prevalence of blood clots.

Lead researcher Kelly said: “-the perception of open surgery as the gold standard for major surgeries is now being challenged for the first time."

10,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer in the UK every year.

Over 3,000 bladder removals and reconstructions are performed.

Across nine UK hospitals, 338 patients with non-metastatic bladder cancer were randomized.

Robot-assisted group stayed eight days in the hospital, compared to 10 days for the open surgery group – so a 20% reduction.

Team is conducting a health economic analysis to establish the quality-adjusted life-year (QALY).

Research by University College London and the University of Sheffield published in JAMA.

Bladder cancer patients show reduced hospital stay by 20% post procedure

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