An analysis comparing 11,889 men who underwent robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) with 7,389 open radical prostatectomy (RP) patients demonstrated that the RARP patients were 66% less likely to receive a blood transfusion, 53% and 14% less likely to experience an intraoperative or postoperative complication, respectively, and 72% less likely to experience a prolonged length of stay compared with open RP patients.

Findings were not adjusted for tumor characteristics, surgeon volume, learning curve effect, or longitudinal follow-up, researchers reported in European Urology (2012;61:679-685).