The robotic revolution: Advancing laparoscopy and urology further into the future – The introduction of robotic technology and its increasing acceptance in urology have helped surgeons overcome many technical barriers to complex laparoscopic procedures. While preliminary safety and efficacy results for a number of procedures are promising, long-term data are needed to establish its role relative to more traditional approaches. – Modern Medicine
Laparoscopy has the potential for decreasing surgical morbidity, with smaller incisions, decreased blood loss, less postoperative pain with decreased intake of narcotics, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery compared with open surgical procedures. While these benefits have been realized for urologic procedures such as nephrectomy, adrenalectomy, and pyeloplasty, technical obstacles have hindered its adoption in more advanced procedures such as prostatectomy.
This was an article out of contemporary urology. The October 2006 issue had several articles on the advances in urology made possible by technology. The article was written by Dr. Vip Patel’s at Ohio State.
It is an excellent read for urologists, primary care physicians, and patients and people interested in robotic surgery.