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Robot-Assisted Kidney Cancer Surgery Offers Many Benefits, But at a Cost, Henry Ford Hospital Study



5/8/2013 8:18:07 AM

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Robot-assisted surgery to remove kidney cancers has seen a rapid increase in use, and has both replaced and proven safer than laparoscopic procedures for the same purpose, according to a study by the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. However, the study also shows that robotic partial nephrectomy (RPN) – while resulting in fewer complications than both open (OPN) and laparoscopic (LPN) removal of cancerous kidney tissue – also involves more "excessive" hospital charges.

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