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Comparative Effectiveness of Robotic-Assisted vs. Thoracoscopic Lobectomy

Friday, May 9, 2014

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Subroto Paul; Jessica Jalbert; Abby J. Isaacs; Nasser K. Altorki; O. Wayne Isom; Art Sedrakyan

Using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, the authors evaluated outcomes and costs of VATS (37,595) vs robotic (2,498) lobectomy 2008-2011.  Robotic lobectomy was associated with higher rates of complications, particularly cardiovascular and iatrogenic bleeding, and higher costs ($22,582 vs $17,874).

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