In the December, 2013 edition of European Urology, a team of researchers led by RK Kumar published the results of a study titled “Robot-assisted Partial Nephrectomy in Patients with Baseline Chronic Kidney Disease: A Multi-institutional Propensity Score-Matched Analysis.” that aimed to evaluate the relative safety of robot-assisted nephrectomy, as compared with a traditional approach that surgery.
This study included a total of “1197 consecutive patients who underwent [robot-assisted partial nephrectomy (RPN)] at five academic institutions between 2007 and 2012” and from that group, “A total of 172 patients who underwent RPN with preexisting [chronic kidney disease (CKD)] … were identified. Perioperative results of 121 patients were compared against propensity score-matched controls without CKD”.
After a great deal of analysis, the researchers determined that patients who underwent robot-assisted surgery faced “a higher risk of surgical complications and a longer hospital stay.” The change in complication rate was not small, either – 21% rate of complications among robot-assisted surgeries, and only about 10% among patients who underwent traditional surgery.
Due to the fact that Da Vinci, the manufacturer of a number of popular robotic surgery systems, has failed to adequately warn users for the risk for an elevated rate of complications and longer hospital stay, a number of Da Vinci surgical robot lawsuits have been filed. If you or a loved one underwent surgery by surgical robot and faced complications or longer hospital stay, you too may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
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