Robotic surgery provides better results than conventional procedures in the removal of cancerous prostate glands, new research shows.
In a review of 104 studies, representing almost 230 000 patients and published in the World Journal of Urology recently, researchers analysed the outcomes of robotic-assisted procedures compared to laparoscopic and open retropubic radical prostatectomies (removal of cancerous prostate).
The review looked at major complications, operative time, length of hospital stays, blood loss, transfusions, conversions, rate of post-operative erectile dysfunction and incontinence, cost and positive surgical margin (PSM) which indicates whether the entire extent of the cancer was extracted during the operation.
“For PSM and peri- and post-operative complications, [robotic surgery] demonstrated better results than [open surgery] and laparoscopic radical prostatectomy,” noted the report.
Urologist and robotic surgeon, Dr Francois Duvenage said the results echoed the experience at The Urology Hospital, Pretoria -- the first institution in Africa to obtain a robotic surgical system which has conducted over 1 300 procedures since 2013.