Advantages and disadvantages of robotic assisted surgery in urology

Advantages include:

  • Better insite 3D vision, camera zoom
  • Very precise surgery, offers flexibility and better control
  • Significantly less pain
  • Fewer complications
  • Less bleeding and associated complications
  • Lower rates of infection
  • Less need for medication
  • Smaller incisions
  • Shorter catheter time
  • Less scaring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Fewer hospital re-admissions
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Better clinical outcomes

Disadvantages

  • The procedure is highly technical and requires specialized, extensive training of the surgeon, who is already highly skilled in oncologic and laparoscopic procedures
  • The procedure can be done only at centers of excellence and hence availability of this procedure is limited
  • High investment cost
  • Higher costs
  • Requires regular maintenance
  • Bulky size of the robotic system