The current data on complications reporting related to robot-assisted procedures (RAPs) in the urology literature are not comparable and do not use a validated classification. In this review, findings from various studies reporting positive and negative outcomes will be outlined.
Robotic procedures have outcomes similar to open and laparoscopic techniques but generally cause fewer adverse events. However, the lack of standards for presenting surgical morbidity related to RAP leads to underreporting of surgical complications, makes comparisons of surgical outcomes difficult and prevents adequate knowledge about the outcomes of procedures.
Although a reasonable number of positive outcomes of RAP have been reported in the literature, the extent of underreporting with this process is unknown. Further research and the development of a validated classification for reporting surgical complications will facilitate a better understanding of the actual outcomes.
aDiscipline of Urology, ABC Medical School, Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil
bInstitute of Urology, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA
cUrology Department, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Correspondence to Rene J. Sotelo, MD, Institute of Urology, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California 90033, USA. E-mail: email@example.com