Have your pts. expressed concerns over whether robotic-assisted is as safe as open surgery?
Most radical prostatectomies in the U.S. today are performed with robotic assistance. Studies suggest that robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy is associated with benefits such as significantly less estimated blood loss and a lower risk of certain other complications, but no definitive data are available to suggest that it offers superior oncologic outcomes.
Indeed, recent reports suggest that the outcomes of robotic-assisted surgery have not been portrayed accurately, which patients may read about in the consumer press.
Renal & Urology News would like to know if urologists' have encountered patient concerns about robotic-assisted surgery, so please answer the following poll question.