OJOG  Vol.3 No.1 , January 2013
Does robotic surgical staging of endometrial cancer compromise outcomes?
Abstract: Objective: To compare intra-operative and post-operative complications as well as recurrence in women withendometrial cancer undergoing surgical stagingwith robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy (RALH)versus total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH). Methods: A retrospective review was performed of 416 patients who underwent surgical staging for endometrial adenocarcinoma from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2010. Demographics,intraand post-operative complications, surgical-pathologic data, subsequent treatments, and recurrence were compared in women treated with TAH versus RALH. A Student’st-test, Mann Whitney U analysis, or chi-squared analysis were used for statistical analysis. Results: One hundred thirty seven and 279 patients underwent TAH and RALH, respectively. Post-operative complications were lower in the RALH group (16.8% vs 8.2%, p = 0.009) and mean hospital stay for the TAH group versus the RALH group was 3 days versus 1 day (p < 0.001). Demographics and intra-operative complications were similar (p = 0.94). Uterine weight (108 gvs103 g, p = 0.36), pelvic lymph nodes retrieved (9 vs 9, p = 0.18), and presence of lymph-vascular involvement (11.7% vs 10.8%, p = 0.38) were similar between groups, as were aggressive histologic subtypes (p = 0.52) and grade (p = 0.15). Recurrence occurred in 4.4% of the TAH group and 4.3% of the RALH group (p = 0.97) with death from disease occurring in 1.5% of the TAH group and 2.2% of the RALH group (p = 0.64). Conclusions: RALH for endometrial adenocarcinoma is associated with fewer post-operative complications and a shorter hospital stay than TAH. Recurrence and death due to disease are not compromised by this minimally invasive approach.
Cite this paper: Sato, H. , DuBeshter, B. , Robins, A. , Angel, C. , Toy, E. and Thomas, S. (2013) Does robotic surgical staging of endometrial cancer compromise outcomes?. Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 3, 41-46. doi: 10.4236/ojog.2013.31010.

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