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Patients are less satisfied with robot assisted prostatectomy, survey shows

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1557 (Published 05 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1557
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    Men who opt for robot assisted laparascopic radical prostatectomy are around four times as likely to be dissatisfied with their decision as men who choose open retropubic surgery, new research indicates.

    The study, which assessed the emotional effects on patients of the two approaches to prostatectomy, involved cross sectional surveys of 400 patients (with a 61% response rate) who underwent radical prostatectomy between 2000 and 2007 (European Eurology doi:10.1016/j.eururo.2008.06.063).

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