This study serves as a nice example of correctly using population based data to extract broad trends in urologic practice patterns. The relative slow adoption of RARC may be related to the steeper learning curve owing to the higher surgical expertise required for the construction of the urinary diversions. Despite this, more than 1/3 of RC performed in 2015 were with the assistance of the robotic instrument. That older men are more likely to undergo RARC is somewhat surprising. However, this may be related to the better recovery course following minimally invasive procedures.
Presented by: Jeffrey Leow
Written By: Roger Li MD Urologic Oncology Fellow, Department of Urology, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Ashish M. Kamat MD Wayne B. Duddlesten Professor, Department of Urology, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX
at the 2017 AUA Annual Meeting - May 12 - 16, 2017 – Boston, Massachusetts, USA