A study is questioning the use of robots in gynecological surgery after they produced inferior outcomes and had higher costs compared with laparoscopy, the major alternative.
Robotically assisted adnexal surgery—any surgery involving ovaries, fallopian tubes or ovarian cysts—had a small but statistically significantly increase in complication rates compared with laparoscopy. The study appeared in the October issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
In each of the procedures the authors studied, the median total cost for a robotically assisted procedure was higher when compared to laparoscopic surgery for the same treatment. For example, the total median cost for a robotically assisted oophorectomy—a surgical procedure where a patient has one or both ovaries removed—was $7,426, while a laparoscopic oophorectomy was roughly $4,922.