Robots no better than humans in anti-reflux surgery

Robot-assisted anti-reflux surgery has similar outcomes but is considerably more expensive than conventional minimally invasive surgery, an Australian analysis shows.

The review of six randomised trials found robotic surgery to be just as safe and effective as laparascopic surgery with no appreciable difference in complication rates, post-operative symptoms, quality of life or functional assessments.

However, in all but one of the trials, the length of the operation was much longer for