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Rising Eye Injury Rates Seen With Robotic Prostate Surgery

Posted 16 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 16 – The number of eye injuries associated with robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy – complete removal of the prostate – increased nearly tenfold in the United States between 2000 and 2009, although the risk was still small, a new study finds. During that time, the incidence rate of eye injuries rose from 0.07 percent to 0.42 percent, according to the review of more than 136,000 such procedures. Most of the injuries involved corneal abrasion, or scratching of the eye surface. While undergoing robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy, patients are positioned head-down and are at risk for facial swelling, arm injuries, as well as corneal or other eye injuries, the researchers explained. Possible causes of eye injuries during robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy include the long duration of surgery, patient positioning or something associated with the robot itself, said ... Read more

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