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Robot-Assisted Kidney Surgery Reduces Deaths, But Comparative Data Missing, Says Economist

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Robot-assisted surgery for kidney cancers improves outcomes by allowing partial nephrectomies, reducing mortalities and lowering some health care costs said economist Julia Thornton Snider at a Feb. 5 biomedical innovation meeting, but researchers did not compare robotic surgeries with laparoscopic or open surgeries, nor did they examine costs of deaths or other bad patient outcomes linked to robotic surgeries.

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