Kidney Cancer Surgery: Beneficial but Costly

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Robot-guided surgery for removing kidney tumors has rapidly grown in use, and has both replaced and been found safer than the standard laparoscopic procedures for the same purpose. This is according to a report by Henry Ford Hospital investigators. However, their findings also reveal that robotic partial nephrectomy, although it leads to fewer complications than open and laparoscopic surgery, can also spur excessive hospital costs.

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