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Robot Adds $6K To Prostate Surgery Cost

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 7:49am
Charles Bankhead

Robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) cost 60 percent more than an open procedure, a difference driven primarily by higher operating-room costs, according to data from one large medical center.

On average, robotic procedures cost $6,000 more than open procedures, and the hospital lost approximately $4,000 on each robotic procedure.

The robotic technique accounted for 60 percent of the total cost of each RARP, Jeffrey Tomaszewski, MD, reported here at the American Urological Association meeting.

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