Robotic prostatectomy patients are now older, higher-risk

The technique has fallen out of favour for younger men with low-grade disease.

Robotic prostate surgery has fallen out of favour for younger men with low-grade disease, Victorian urological surgeons say.

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Practice patterns for six surgeons performing high volumes of robotic prostate surgery show that they are now operating more on older men with higher-risk disease compared with a decade ago.

In the review that covered surgeries performed on 3075 men, the average age of patients increased from 61 to 65 between 2004 and 2016.

At the same time, the proportion of high-risk patients rose from 13% to 28%, while the proportion of surgical procedures performed