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Robotic hysterectomy

Posted Jan 21 2010 10:34pm

Robotic hysterectomy, bilaterla salpingo-oophorectomy and lymph nodes dissection is a new procedure but the preliminary evidence and reports suggest that it does not produce more compication or a longer hospital stay than the open procedure. In a 2009 report, it reduced blood loss and improved lymph node retrieval with no cost to survival compared with conventional hysterectomy.

In one study, LOS was 1.0 ± 0.5 for the robotic procedure vs. 3.2 ± 1.0 days (p < 0.0001). 0001) for the open procedure. This is also a preliminary observation and more information must be awaited before a recommendation about the reasonable length of stay can be made but at this time, a 23 hour observation does not appear to be sufficient. There are other advantages to robotic hysterectomy that continue to be reported:Reduced operative time, reduced blood loss, and shortened length of stay may be achieved in patients who are treated robotically versus a nonrobotic approach. Robotics may facilitate the minimally invasive treatment of patients while potentially reducing the rate of abdominal hysterectomies.

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DeNardis SA, Holloway RW, Bigsby Iv GE, Pikaart DP, Ahmad S, Finkler NJ. Robotically assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy versus total abdominal hysterectomy and lymphadenectomy for endometrial cancer. Gynecologic Oncology 2008 Dec;111(3):412-7. Epub 2008 Oct 1.

Cantrell LA, et al "Survival outcomes for women undergoing type III robotic radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer: a three-year experience" SGO 2009; 112(Suppl 1): Abstract 10.

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