A recent review and meta-analysis by researchers from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, USA, has shown that robotic partial nephrectomy results in mostly better outcomes than either open or laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. The study was published in the Journal of Urology this month.
Robotic partial nephrectomy was associated with significantly less blood loss; fewer transfusions, complications, and readmissions; and shorter hospital stay than both open or laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. Patients who underwent robotic partial nephrectomy also had less of a decline in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), lower recurrence rates, and improved survival. Open partial nephrectomy, however, was a shorter operation than robotic partial nephrectomy.
The researchers concluded that; “Robotics has now matured into an excellent approach for performing partial nephrectomy for small renal masses.”