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Int J Med Robot. 2008 Sep;4(3):197-201. doi: 10.1002/rcs.207.

Robotic-assisted radical cystectomy.

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  • 1Department of Urology, King's College School of Medicine, Guy's & Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. shamim.khan@gstt.nhs.uk <shamim.khan@gstt.nhs.uk>

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the emerging role of robotic-assisted radical cystectomy (RARC) in the management of bladder cancer.

METHODS:

Review of the published literature on robotic-assisted radical cystectomy, including data from our cystectomy series of 30 patients.

RESULTS:

Nearly 150 procedures have been performed worldwide. The benefits of robotic-assisted operations are similar to those of laparoscopically-performed procedures. RARC appears to be technically safe, oncologically and functionally equivalent to open (ORC) and laparoscopic radical cystectomy (LRC). However, RARC offers superior ergonomics and better vision. These benefits come at extra initial capital expenditure and subsequent higher maintenance costs.

CONCLUSION:

With the rapid spread of robotics, it is likely that RARC will become the standard of care in units with access to the technology.

PMID:
18727138
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