Robotic prostatectomy no better than open surgery

Robot-assisted surgery for prostate cancer offers no benefit in outcomes compared with open surgery, a landmark study has shown.

Preliminary results from the first randomised controlled trial to compare the two techniques have found similar outcomes for urinary and sexual function and postoperative complications at three months.

The trial, involving 308 men with localised prostate cancer carried out at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, showed benefits from the minimally invasive approach of robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery, such as less blood loss and reduced pain in the first