A comparison of operative outcomes between standard and robotic laparoscopic surgery for endometrial cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
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BACKGROUND: Evidence has been systematically assessed comparing robotic with standard laparoscopy for treatment of endometrial cancer. METHODS: A search of Medline, Embase and Cochrane databases was performed until 30th October 2016. RESULTS: Thirty-six papers including 33 retrospective studies, two matched case-control studies and one randomized controlled study were used in a meta-analysis. Information from a further seven registry/database studies were assessed descriptively. There were no differences in the duration of surgery but days stay in hospital were shorter in the robotic arm (0.46 days, 95%CI 0.26 to 0.66). A robotic approach had less blood loss (57.74 mL, 95%CI 38.29 to 77.20), less conversions to laparotomy (RR = 0.41, 95%CI 0.29 to 0.59), and less overall complications (RR = 0.82, 95%CI 0.72 to 0.93). A robotic approach had higher costs ($1746.20, 95%CI $63.37 to $3429.03). CONCLUSION: A robotic approach has favourable clinical outcomes but is more expensive.
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Int J Med Robot, 2017, 13 (4)