Robotic prostate surgery versus traditional procedure: The outcomes are the same

Expensive robotic prostate surgery, marketed as “ground breaking”, “revolutionary” and “nerve sparing”, has been found to be no better at preserving men’s urinary continence and sexual function than traditional surgery. A landmark Australian study made the finding after comparing the advanced surgery, which can cost more than $10,000, with traditional open surgery three months post operation.  A surgeon performing robotic surgery. Photo: Michael Rayner The first trial to directly compare the two procedures for prostate removal randomly split 308 men into two groups. All the operations were led by two experienced surgeons at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital who had done…
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