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June 12, 2013

Robotic vs Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Maruthappu; marathappu@post.harvard.edu); Hospices Civils de Lyon, Pôle Information Médicale Evaluation Recherche-Université de Lyon, Lyon, France (Dr Duclos); Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Plastic Surgery, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts (Dr Carty).

JAMA. 2013;309(22):2320-2321. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5683

To the Editor: Dr Wright and colleagues1 compared robotically assisted and laparoscopic hysterectomy. They demonstrated that the 2 procedures shared similar morbidity profiles, but robotic assistance was associated with significantly higher costs. The complication profiles of other types of robotic surgery have been elucidated2 and are important considerations given the rapid uptake of this technology, despite limited evidence suggesting superiority.

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