Being obese may increase the cost of surgery for men with prostate cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among 629 prostate cancer patients at their center who had a radical prostatectomy, obese men generally incurred greater costs. The difference came from higher costs for anesthesia and other services in the OR.
However, while obesity was related to greater expenses from both traditional and laparoscopic, surgery, it did not affect prices for robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Among patients who underwent traditional surgery, the typical cost for obese men was $4,885. That compared with $4,377 for all other men.
The pattern was similar when it came to laparoscopic surgery where the typical cost was $5,703 for obese men and $5,347 for their non-obese counterparts. In contrast, the price tag for robotic surgery was $6,761 for obese men and $6,745 for thinner men, according to findings published in the urology medical journal BJU International.