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Date:5/5/2013

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"Overall, RARP patients experienced lower complication rates than those treated with ORP," Dr. Sammon says. "However, the picture changed when we factored in whether the procedures were done at very high-volume medical centers or low-volume institutions."

Low-volume centers averaged 26.2 cases of RARP and 5.2 of ORP, while the highest volume centers averaged nearly 579 RARP cases and 150 ORP cases per year.

When these caseloads were taken into account, the researchers found that among equivalent volumes, RARP results were generally favorable; ORP, however, at very high-volume centers, had lower complication rates after surgery and comparable rates of blood transfusions relative to RARP at low-volume centers.

"So, regardless of the approach whether RARP or ORP low-volume institutions experienced inferior outcomes when compared to the highest volume centers," Dr. Sammon says.


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Contact: Dwight Angell
dwight.angell@hfhs.org
313-850-3471
Henry Ford Health System
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