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Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
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3/2017
vol. 12
 
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Arm reduced robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy with transvaginal cuff closure

Serkan Bodur
,
Murat Dede
,
Ulas Fidan
,
Burcin F. Firatligil
,
Mustafa Ulubay
,
Mustafa Ozturk
,
Mufit C. Yenen

Videosurgery Miniinv 2017; 12 (3): 271–276
Online publish date: 2017/07/03
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Introduction: The use of robotics for benign etiology in gynecology has not proven to be more beneficial when compared to traditional laparoscopy. The major concern regarding robotic hysterectomy stems from its high cost.

Aim: To evaluate the clinical utility and effectiveness of one-arm reduced robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy as a cost-effective surgical option for total robotic hysterectomy.

Material and methods: A sample population of 54 women who underwent robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery for benign gynecologic indications was evaluated, and two groups were identified: (1) the two-armed robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery group (n = 38 patients), and (2) the three-armed robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery group (n = 16 patients).

Results: An increased cost was observed when three-armed robotic surgery was employed for benign gynecologic surgery (p < 0.001). The cost reduction observed in the study group was primarily derived from one robotic arm reduction and vaginal closure of the cuff. This cost reduction was achieved without an increase in complication rates or undesirable postoperative outcomes. An estimated profit between $399.5 and $421.5 was made for each patient depending on the suture material chosen for cuff closure. Two-armed surgery resulted in an 18.6% reduction in procedure-specific costs for robotic hysterectomy.

Conclusions: Two-armed robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy appears to be a cost-effective solution for robotic gynecologic surgery. This surgical solution can be performed as effectively as classical three-armed robotic hysterectomies for benign indications without the risk of increased surgical-related morbidities. This approach has the potential to be a widely preferred surgical approach in medical communities where cost reduction is one of the primary determinants of surgery type.

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hysterectomy, total robotic hysterectomy, vaginal cuff closure

  
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