Cancer surgery patients fare better with robot-assisted operations, study finds

Cancer Surgery Patients Do Better With Robotic-Assisted Operations, Study Finds, With Chances of Readmission Reduced by 52%

Patients facing major abdominal operations should be offered robotic surgery because the procedure leads to faster recovery and reduces time in the hospital, according to a study.

British researchers found that patients who underwent robot-assisted bladder cancer surgery recovered faster and were sent home sooner than those who underwent open surgery, which involves large incisions in the skin and muscle.

Robotic surgery, in which surgeons guide minimally invasive instruments remotely, reduced the chance of readmission by 52% and revealed a 77% reduction in the prevalence of blood clots compared to open surgery patients.

Researchers from University College London and the University of Sheffield involved in the study trial said their findings challenged the idea that open surgery is the “gold standard” for major operations.

British researchers found that patients who had robot-assisted bladder cancer surgery recovered faster and were sent home sooner than those who had open surgery.

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