Robot-assisted prostate surgeries yield few benefits, study says.

Reuters reports on a new study published in the Journal of Urology involving patients who underwent prostate surgery via robotic surgical equipment versus older surgical procedures.

Researchers compared the two techniques for urologic surgeries and discovered that 5 percent of men undergoing the traditional surgery versus 2 percent undergoing the robotic surgery needed a blood transfusion.

Furthermore, the hospital stay for the robotic group was about one day shorter.

Dr. David Penson, a surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who was not involved in the research, noted there were not as many benefits as they anticipated.

We’ll see if the data get better over time. But, given how very, very expensive the robots are, they may not prove to be the value promised.

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