Robotic prostate surgery cuts readmissions

Controversy looks set to continue over funding for high-tech robotic prostatectomies, despite a study claiming they drastically reduce readmission rates and reduce costs in the long-term.

The research, comparing 100 robotic prostatectomies performed at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital against 100 conventional open procedures, found robotic surgery slashed total readmission costs by 90% — from $70,000 to just $7000.

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