Study links robotic surgery on kidney, prostate to lesser blood need

03/5/2012 | Reuters

Patients who undergo robot-aided surgeries involving the kidneys or prostate have a reduced need for blood transfusions, a lower risk of dying and shorter hospital stays compared with patients who have open procedures, according to a study published in the Journal of Urology. About 5% of men needed a transfusion for open prostate removal, compared with less than 2% with robot-assisted procedures.

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