Robotic surgery is no better than the alternative, but it is more expensive

Robotic surgery might be a growing trend among hospitals around the world, but it isn’t any better than conventional approaches, according to new research. Not to mention that robo-procedures are significantly more expensive than the alternatives.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins looked at data from 244,129 colectomies (procedures to remove part of or all of the colon), which can be performed using a minimally-invasive laproscopic technique or using a robot. The study found that both approaches had similar complication and mortality rates, and that patients spent similar amounts of time in the hospital following the procedures. The only major difference was cost, with the robotic surgery running an average of nearly $ 3,000 more due to…

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