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


Cancer surgery patients fare better with robot-assisted surgeries, study finds – with readmission chances reduced by 52%

According to a study, patients facing major abdominal operations should be offered robotic surgery, as the procedure allows for faster recovery and reduced time spent in the hospital.

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, which involves large incisions in the skin and muscles.

Robotic surgery, in which surgeons remotely guide minimally invasive instruments, reduced the risk of readmission by 52% and found 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 trial of the study said their findings challenge the idea that open surgery is the ‘gold standard’ for major operations.

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

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