MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Prof Robert A Gardiner AM
The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research
Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Herston
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: We wanted to determine whether one approach gave better results than the other at 12 weeks and 24 months after surgery with respect to the quality of life outcomes of urinary, sexual and bowel function and return to usual activities as well as oncological outcomes.
There was no significant statistical difference between the robotic and open surgical approach for these parameters at the early time-point of 12 weeks follow-up.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Until longer follow-up is published from this trial at 24 months follow-up, patients should choose a surgeon with whom they relate well rather than one or other surgical approach.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: Before accepting new treatments and technologies for routine clinical care, these should be subjected to independent scrutiny by randomised controlled trials.
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Robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy versus open radical retropubic prostatectomy: early outcomes from a randomised controlled phase 3 study
John W Yaxley, Geoffrey D Coughlin, Suzanne K Chambers, Stefano Occhipinti, Hema Samaratunga, Leah Zajdlewicz, Nigel Dunglison, Rob Carter, Scott Williams, Diane J Payton, Joanna Perry-Keene, Martin F Lavin, Robert A Gardiner
Published Online July 26, 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ S0140-6736(16)30592-X
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