Is robotic surgery cost-effective: No

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Purpose of Review: Utilization of robotic surgery has increased dramatically in recent years, but there are significant cost implications to acquisition and utilization of robots. This review will evaluate the cost-effectiveness of using robotics in urologic surgery. Recent Findings: This study will evaluate studies comparing outcomes for open, laparoscopic and robotic procedures as well as costs associated with these procedures. Summary: Current studies have not found the robotic approaches to be cost-effective. In order for the robot to be cost-effective, there needs to be an improvement in efficacy over alternative approaches and a decrease in costs of the robot or instrumentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-69
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent opinion in urology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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