Robotic prostatectomy no better than open surgery: Australian trial

THE world’s first randomised trial of robotic surgery for localised prostate cancer has failed to show the expensive technique offers superior outcomes to open surgery, in early results.

Queensland urological surgeons have published data from 157 men assigned to robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy and 151undergoing radical retropubic prostatectomy.

The patients’ urinary and sexual function scores did not differ significantly between the two groups at six weeks and at 12 weeks after the procedures, carried out at the Royal