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Letters Robot assisted radical prostatectomy

Robotic prostatectomy could save the NHS millions

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 10 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1900
  1. Jasmesh Sandhu, medical student
  1. University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TH, UK
  1. js12859{at}

The discussion of cost effectiveness of robot assisted radical prostatectomy compared with laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is ongoing.1 The cost per quality adjusted life year (QALY) metric calculated in a 2011 health technology assessment to determine incremental cost effectiveness of robotic compared with laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is questionable.2 The report found that 150 robotic prostatectomies a year would justify …

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