University of Central Florida Undergraduate Research Journal - A Practicality Analysis Pertaining to Minimally <br/> Invasive Robot-Assisted Urologic Surgery
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Results Analysis

The results indicate that robotic integration is more practical for each of the three surgeries reviewed in this research project. Factors that influenced the results were the propensity of robot-assisted procedures to produce similar outcomes to laparoscopic procedures while allowing for less blood loss and a shorter length of hospital stay. Laparoscopic and open procedures scored better in categories such as cost, while operative duration was highly dependent on the individual procedure. Additionally, while the cost of surgery is higher in the robotic cohort, the decreased hospital stay occasionally brings the patient's expenses within the range of more traditional surgical methods. Although not included in the numerical practicality analysis, the literature review revealed several opinions on the practicality of the robotic technique when used on the three urologic procedures assessed in this study. Most surgeons found that the increased dexterity allowed by the da Vinci® provided for easier suturing within the abdominopelvic cavity. Additionally, several analyses of these specific robotic procedures noted a decreased learning curve for new surgeons, 5, 12, 43 as well as a tendency for operative time to decrease with surgeon experience. 26

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