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Dr. Giulianotti makes an overview on the impact of robotic surgery in the current healthcare setting. The development bring new challenges and new limits has to be explored.
Robotic surgery is an emerging technology with great potential but unknown cost-effectiveness. Aim of this study is to compare the Intra-hospital cost of Robotics with open surgery for living donor nephrectomy.
Materials & Methods
Two groups of patients were analyzed. Group 1 consisted of 39 consecutive patients who underwent open living donor nephrectomy (OLDN) performed at UIC from January 1997 to December 1999 and Group 2 of 165 consecutive who underwent robotic hand-assisted donor nephrectomy (RHADN) from January 2004 to June 2006. The time frames were selected to eliminate the learning curve for both the procedures.